The Plan

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We decided to try and develop a Rube Goldberg machine that could be highly interactive. We are very excited about the possibilities this holds.

We have many ideas of themes such as: Street magic, Busking and giving the machine a personality. We intend on having lots of triggers and sensors that will react to the public/users. We thought that it could be interesting if users could put coins into the balls and change the sound the machine makes. We thought of including some other way the users could interact with the product such as sensors or possibly controls that the user could use. We also thought that we could physically incorporate musical instruments into the design. We would need to think about what type of instruments we use such as wind or percussion.

It’s going to be quite challenging to ensure the product runs smoothly, but we are confident we can make it work. As far as the electronics go we will need quite a few servo motors to control the machine. These motors will need to be programed precisely to create a good sound.


Ideas Photos

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Rube Goldberg Machine Experience Prototype

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Our own Experience Prototyping exercise to Rube Goldberg machine, or chain reaction, to understand and explore the concept.

This allowed us to firsthand realise the detail and accuracy needed in such a machine, and to trial basic ideas and noise generating concepts. Also to consider how energy would be used, conserved or put into the machine and how height would constrict shoots and speed. Most importantly, it made us ask how it could be self perpetuating and/or what inputs would/could trigger the driven mechanics.

We are still undecided as to how or what it is to communicate or effect – further exploration into existing forms and ideas are still needed and keeps scope on outcomes wide and varied.

As a natural process of actions and reactions, we hope to mirror the harmony of the natural environment through the mechanical processes we decide upon.

The Cog – Honda

Ball Clock – Glasgow Science Centre

Forest Piano -森の木琴 – Touch Wood SH-08C

Ball Gusher – Sharjah Children’s Museum

The Way Things Go

Also See

Adam Sadowsky – Music Video TED TALKS
Odd Instruments
Incredible Machine CG Instruments

The Page Turner

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Great inspiration for sound project