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Michael sent in his “LeaveMeAloneBox” that is inspired from an article written by Claude Shannon.

As I understand it, he, along with Marvin Minsky came up with an idea they called the “Ultimate Machine”. Basically a plain box with a switch on the top. When you flip the switch, a hand comes out of the box and flips the switch off. Thats it.

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Marc de Vinck

I’m currently working full time as the Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity in the Masters of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship Program at Lehigh University. I’m also an avid product designer, kit maker, author, father, tinkerer, and member of the MAKE Technical Advisory board.


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  1. KMHG says:

    How cute! :D

  2. Anonymous says:

    I remember seeing a more elaborate version sold in novelty stores back in the early 80′s.

  3. computerwiz_222 says:

    This is awesome! I could play this thing for ever lmao. What would be awesome is if he put a “that was easy” or “leave me alone” voice clip on it!

    Things like this always amuse me…

  4. kingannoy.myopenid.com says:

    >>I remember seeing a more elaborate version sold in novelty stores back in the early 80′s.

    You probably mean this one:
    http://www.grand-illusions.com/toycollection/little_black_box/
    (the video is pretty fun)
    Seems like someone reinvented an old toy :)

  5. Marc de Vinck says:

    I kind of remember that too….for some reason I want to say it was a toy tied in with the Adams Family?

    @cool

    Audio would be a nice addition.

  6. Marc de Vinck says:

    @kingannoy

    Good find! I remember it being black & red….but I guess I was wrong about the whole Adams Family thing.

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