Midterm: Phonograph

For my Mechanisms and Things that Move midterm, I wanted to “unplug” and create a device that would capture sound and motion and play it back without the use of electricity. I ended up remaking Thomas Edison’s 1877 invention: The cylindrical phonograph.

Mechanisms: Two Machines

I consider both of these machines works of art in their own right.

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN:

Over 17 miles in circumference and buried under the border of France and Switzerland, the LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. Liquid helium cooled superconducting magnets focus and keep the hadron (heavy ion or proton) beams on their track through a series of systems which increase their energy to a peak of 7 TeV. There are six detectors at the LHC.

Tesla’s Egg of Columbus:

Created by Tesla for the 1883 World’s Fair in Paris, this display demonstrates a rotating magnetic field.

Rube Goldberg Machine

For our first assignment in Mechanisms and things that move, I worked with Dianna Huang and Michell (Michaela) Cardona to create a Rube Goldberg Machine.  Named after the comic and inventor, Rube Goldberg devices are intentionally over-engineered to perform a series of seemingly complex steps to complete a simple task.   In our case, our Rube Goldberg machine was to crack an egg such that the majority of its contents would be extracted (sans shell) and collected in a final receptacle.