Lego recreation of the "Most Useless Machine"

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  1. JDMcDonnell says:

    Operating system provided by Windows Vista.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Dude! for god’s sake put the box on it’s side and orient the switch to be like a light switch. Then it makes sense for someone to flick it on, and then some being pops out and quickly switches it off by pushing it back into the down position… So much more expressive and interesting. Like the being inside is trying to get some sleep and doesn’t want the light on.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I once saw a story (on boingboing?) about a machine that consisted of an open box which, as anyone got close, it closed itself. When you moved away it re-opened. I’d like to find that story (and the box) but have been unable to find the words that would lead me there. This is close, does anyone else remember the other box?

  4. friendpuppy says:

    It is definitely not useless. In electronics it’s called an monostable multivibrator or “one-shot”.

  5. nixiebunny says:

    This is way similar to the novelty piggy bank that you put a penny in a slot and it has a small hand that steals the penny. Too similar.

    However, that one isn’t quite useless. It steals pennies from you.

  6. theLadyfingers says:

    That’s great!

    I’m a little disppointed that that the switch-off mechanism isn’t pure Lego powered by the flip of the button, but I can’t even imagine how one creates a mechanical delay without a spring, clutch or flywheel of some kind.

  7. Anonymous says:

    > The Plural is ‘Legos’.

    In America, yes. Not in Australia or the UK.

    > LEGO is short for danish ‘Leg godt’ (play good/nice) as far as i remember.

    That’s what I’ve heard.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ah, I had that piggy bank…it was great. I think this box here is great.

  9. Anonymous says:

    @ friendpuppy, I thought it was silly when the wood box creation was releleased a while ago. But finally! the Lego version elicits the truth! I didn’t even think of it as being a one shot, but you are absolutely right. The electronic parallel is indeed a one-shot. Nice!

  10. theLadyfingers says:

    I (originally from Africa, since this seems a dialect issue) always thought of “Lego” as a substance: something was made of Lego.

  11. friendpuppy says:

    I guess somebody should make one that is normally on, the hand comes up, turns it off, then it springs back to life. Oscillator!

  12. jackdavinci says:

    It would be cooler if the user flipping the switch also wound up the mechanism such that the extra step wasn’t needed.

  13. Antinous / Moderator says:

    I was expecting a television made of legoes.

  14. bcsizemo says:

    So much hotter than a unicorn chaser!

  15. Chris the Carpenter says:

    I know of the original. This is in a league of it’s own. Quality.

  16. JoshuaZ says:

    Very well done. I like how it can be taken apart so that one can see the mechanism at work. Very well done.

  17. Anonymous says:

    I used my recently bought Mindstorms kit to create one. It’s bigger, as I had to put the controller block inside. I added a small feature, when you come close with your hand to “switch it on” it tries to escape. Have a look: http://abiteof.com/2011/04/20/lego-mindstorms-a-most-useless-machine/
    I really like the smooth mechanism of this one though!

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