MegaBots with Giant Knives, Dangerously Funny…

Taking time out from their busy construction schedule (a Mark III isn’t going to build itself, not yet anyway) the MegaBots team recently invited Simone Giertz to help test the Mark III upper body. Giertz (the Queen of Shitty Robots) has much experience with chopping robots so it seemed fitting to attach a pair of 8-foot-long knives to the arms of the Mark III and let her have at it.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the testing of latest handy work by the MegaBots team; one sick slicing, dicing and dispensing machine. Tests that almost purely by accident discovered the internet’s favourite new question, ‘Will it Chop?’ Sit back relax and prepare to be amused by the world’s largest fruit ninja.

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A Fish Learns to Drive…

Cats are going to need to lift their game, the fish are getting smarter. With the help of some of the best and brightest minds at Carnegie Mellon University fish have been set free; given their own wheels along with the ability to steer them. Will we soon be sharing our highways with high speed aquatic life?

The splash-mobile was built by a team of young students using a Raspberry Pi, camera and a fist full of custom code. The camera picks up the position of the fish within the tank while the Raspberry Pi converts that position into driving inputs. When the fish swims forward of the centre of the tank the aquarium car moves forward. He can even back it up and steer left or right.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the fish tank letting our aquatic friends take day trips to the country, although we’re not really sure how the fish plugs it in to charge the battery. Sit back relax and prepare to be amazed by the Lewis Hamilton of the fish world.

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Chainsaw Ice Skating…

Winter time activities in the Northern Hemisphere often involve many calculated risks especially after the big chill hits. Is the ice thick enough? Will I be covered by a snowy avalanche? If I get stuck out here will I freeze to death in hours? All of this balanced out by how much fun it is to play in this winter wonderland. Interestingly it often seems that the more risk is added the more fun you will have.

Take for example the intrinsically insane pastime of using a chainsaw to propel yourself across a frozen lake while wearing ice skates, or Chainsaw Ice Skating. Will the chainsaw eventually cut through the ice? Will the chainsaw cut me to bits if I fall on it? If the chainsaw kicks back on ice will it chop off my junk?

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the pastime that proves you can sit around worrying about what might go wrong or you can get out there and have some fun! Sit back relax and prepare to be held in suspense waiting for something to go wrong.

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The Glass Head Briggs Engine, Visible Internal Combustion…

Internal combustion engines have been our mechanical power source of choice for over a century but for many of us the internal going-ons remain a mystery, mostly due to the internal nature of the engine of course. The old school motoring enthusiasts at 805ROADKING and Warped Perceptions have both built the perfect solution to this situation, an engine with a glass cylinder head that allows you to watch the combustion process and internal workings of the engine.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the engine that lets you watch as it converts matter into energy before your very eyes. Sit back, relax and put the pedal to the medal.

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Strangely Satisfying, 100 Metronomes Automatically Synchronizing…

It is a well-known scientific fact that metronomes started in a pack (randomly) will over time automatically synchronizing themselves till they are in lock step.

A small team of scientists from Saitama University have documented this most unusual effect and it’s strangely satisfying. By far the largest successful demonstration of the effect the team assembled 100 identical metronomes on a swinging platform then set them ticking away randomly. If you feel like driving a few people crazy and having a go it works best if the metronomes are all the same model, they are set to the same frequency and a little sway in the table or surface speeds things up.

On a side note the scientists may have discovered the most annoying sound in the world, the only sound more annoying than a child’s wailing. Although we are still to test if it can successfully cover the high pitched scream of a tantrum in full swing we are hopeful.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are the video’s that will echo throughout offices around the world, and be quickly followed by screams of ‘what the f@?! is that noise!’ Sit back relax and keep your eyes on the pendulum, you are feeling sleepy.

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Paper Airplane Gun V2.0, the Papercut Wars…

It’s amazing what a man with a dream and a 3D printer can achieve, take Dieter and his paper airplane firing gun for example. With nothing more than an idea and hot plastic he was able to manufacture a gun that automatically turns ordinary office paper into 120 folded and fired paper airplanes a minute.

This latest version (2.0) of his now famous paper powered weapon of mass amusement has benefited from advances in 3D printing with Telefabrik and Fortus printers put to work making precision parts. This new advanced model also features a 200 sheet feeder and far smother operation with less paper jams.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the bastard child of a photocopier and an AR-16 that’s more fun than spending the afternoon photocopying your butt. Sit back relax and prepare to go to paper war over ownership of the couch, this is the papercut wars.

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The Incredible Indoor RC Airbus A-320…

As with all outdoor hobbies flying RC aircraft is dependent on favourable weather conditions, the solution of course is to move the runway indoors. Attendees of the recent Stuttgart model convention (Modell Süd Stuttgart 2016) were witness to this new indoor trend with one hell of an RC aircraft, the world’s largest RC A-320 Airbus.

Constructed and flown by Airstage.de the 1/22 scale A-320 has a 4.8-meter wing span and is 5 meters long yet it weighs only 350grams, when fully gassed with helium. The two wing jets house small electric fans that allow the aircraft to fly silently above the crowd.

Presented for your viewing is the flight of the world’s largest RC aircraft wowing crowds with its low and slow fly-by’s. Also included for completeness is a video of two helium filled A-10 Warthogs  dueling while indoors. Will large open indoor spaces soon be taken over by RC enthusiasts and quad copter racers? Will zeppelins make a comeback if they are airplane shaped? For the answer to these questions and more hit the play button.
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