This very entertaining take on the classic most useless machine gag is not quite so patient as its ancestors. Oh sure, it does what they all do: When you turn it on, it turns itself off. And it’ll do that over and over again. But, much like my college roommate, the machine has its limits, and it’s probably wise not to push it too far. [via Hack a Day]


Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • johngineer

    The Most Useless Machine! Now with Sturm und Drang!

  • Drew Marold

    That is awesome!

  • Jerry Adlersfluegel

    That was beautiful! It just kept getting better and better.

  • Charles Harris

    New twist on a useless machine

  • Jake Spurlock


  • Nathanael Phillips

    Definitely awesome, and gave me a good laugh. but what’s with all of the “face” changes on it? Slide-out panel to make it look angrier as time went on?

  • Anonymous

    Haha, that’s cool, but i was expecting it to explode, or let out a freaky scream or a yell or something. Endless possibilities as to what people will thing up.

  • Anonymous

    hahahaha, i didnt even read the description so i was like “sigh not one of these again” but then it started flipping out. i want one. maybe they could have an lcd panel instead that changes facial expressions ;x

  • Aaron Shaw

    I was expecting an airsoft gun or some sort of launcher, maybe something that tried to smack your hand. Maybe add a motion sensor and have it anticipate the switch flipping. I like it though.

  • Kase Wright

    I could almost feel the anger….almost…and as for the uselessness, well no argument here.

  • Scott House

    It needs a POV display (Stop sign, Angry face, etc…) for when it’s spinning…

  • Anonymous

    I’m almost laughing too hard to comment on this! I love it!

  • Useless at SaskView

    I think Linda Blaire built this one…

  • Anonymous

    I especially like how it retracted the switch after throwing its tantrum!

  • AMalePoet

    would like the prodject on Insrtuctibles

  • Heike

    There are also versions of the useless machine with radar!

  • someone

    how do you make it