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Check out this elaborate page-turning Rube Goldberg machine from Brooklyn area maker Joseph Herscher. The inclusion of fire and trained guinea pig really makes this one stand out. [via PSFK]

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  1. Joshua Vance on said:

    Absolutely brilliant.

  2. Anonymous on said:

    Well done!

  3. Anonymous on said:

    Hilarious. I liked the creative use of the hamster. :-D

  4. The Hadars on said:

    Amazing; however cute is the hamster, we think it was mistreated

  5. How’s he going to turn the next page?

  6. A motivating discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you need to publish more on this subject matter, it may not be a taboo matter but generally people do not speak about such topics. To the next! Cheers!!

  7. OUTSTANDING!!! As an old Engineer that has been accused of designing one to many ‘Rube Goldberg’ set-ups…I love it.

  8. I just don’t know what to say, but I like it. Bruce

  9. have to like this :-)

  10. I dont think I have the patience to wait. I will just the hand :)

  11. That is a wonderful buildup.

  12. goodoldgirl on said:

    Too cool! :)

  13. the hamster was hilarious

  14. Reblogged this on allthepines and commented:
    This is just ridiculously amazing. mesmerised. reminds me of playing mouse trap as a kid.

  15. I don’t think I’d want this in my apartment. It looks dangerous with the fire and gasoline next to each other. No way. And the poor hamster jumped when the balls hit the side.

  16. This is cool until you need to turn the next page. But then again, that’s why it’s just called Page Turner and not Pages Turner, is that it?

  17. Nice implementation………..

  18. Amazingly cool. Cant stop watching the video.

  19. In the true spirits of Wallace and Gromit! Bravo!

  20. Wow, that’s just great! All that for one page? I don’t know if that’s worth dropping my macbook!

    • I’m with you there. I don’t care what kind of laptop you have, I don’t think it’s worth the risk of getting totally screwed if something goes wrong. I’m sure they had some soft landing pad, but I still wouldn’t volunteer MY computer for it.

  21. Innovation rules!
    I love it when we use our vast intellect to create rather than destroy.

  22. Hamsters and machines. Oh my! Innovation is exhilarating. Lets hope this has a patent application.

  23. How many attempts, approximately, did it take until you made it work the first time? And what was the most difficult part to design?

  24. What I like is the complete lack of “software”. A, 2.0, version won’t make this one obsolete. Well done.

  25. blackshepherd on said:

    I’m sorry sir, but that’s just not possible! Nonetheless…IMPRESSIVE…I’m always most impressed by things that are not possible appearing to happen at the behest of fevered minds…Therefore, I know who you work for but I’m not talkin’…are you shittin’ me?

  26. I do enjoy a good Rube Goldberg machine. And this one was destructively funny.

  27. That is so funny, someone spent some good time to figure all that out.
    Great post.

  28. How long did it take to perfect this?? It’s absolutely brilliant!

  29. That is awesome! The only thing that would make it better is if it set itself back up.

  30. willshakespeare on said:

    Reblogged this on Writer’s Block and commented:
    This is an awesome Rube Goldberg machine; I’m always fascinated with these type of contraptions. Anybody seen the OK Go machine?

  31. willshakespeare on said:

    Reblogged this post.

  32. Engineers have a wacky and weird sense of fun. I love it.

  33. Very creative job :X I loved it

  34. Reblogged this on bluepearlgirl's world and commented:
    I dont usually re-blog unless it is truly spectacular. This i am re-bloging because of the sheer genius and effort & thought that it must of taken to put this together. Bravo. very clever!

  35. This is really a good work. I appreciate your efforts behind that. Have a great day!

  36. Ooh. I want one.



  37. Goldberg Machine super good i like and i need have a nice day

  38. Real Estate Bangalore on said:

    everything is fear…………

  39. Reblogged this on The Psychlops and commented:
    Amazing!!! :D

  40. That was incredible. My mind is blown

  41. Reblogged this on Eva Tenter and commented:
    A very fun video to light up your Monday!

  42. Love it! Especially the duct tape and the guinea pig.

  43. Nifty, but to bad it’s pretty inefficient, since he’d need to set that up for every page. It also takes too long for the page to turn. Not to mention, ouch about the laptop dropping on the ground!

  44. Reblogged this on You Only Live Once, Train Hard. and commented:
    This video had me cracking up at my desk!

  45. Absolutely great! Loved the thought that was put into this and can only imagine how many times it had to be ran through to get it 100%. Amazing.

  46. Wicked! :) Best way I’ve procrastinated all day.

  47. Absolutely astonishing! The hamster really did it for me :)

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