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Those interested in mechanisms and horology will probably enjoy the hypnotic action of this single-pin escapement executed in Lego by YouTuber horolophile. An “escapement,” FYI, is the mechanism in a timepiece that converts continuous rotational motion into oscillating “back and forth” motion and makes it go tick-tock.

Here’s an entry describing MacDowall’s escapement from the 1877 Encyclopedia Britannica:

[via The Automata / Automaton Blog]

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