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    'On the Move' Kinetic sculpture

    I love these things where a whole chain of events is set up. This one claims to be the most exotic. I love the battery-powered toy dogs at the end.

    It bothers me that the intent is to demonstrate energy transfer. Great for making science interesting, but is it really about energy transfer?

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    That might have been the best if it had been done in one take rather that as half a bazillion small ones.
    It's definitely not about transferring energy, though it can be argued that is is about transferring information through a series of signal amplifiers. One bit's worth of information.
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    what is the name for a set of triggers, ? As Henrik says you could call it a series of amplifiers each having a preset potential energy and not self resetting. There are some around on you tube with a long sequence in one take which is impressive.

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    I noticed that they used the diver from the game Mousetrap, which seemed like a nice touch.
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    Holy Goldberg, Batman!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HenrikOlsen View Post
    That might have been the best if it had been done in one take rather that as half a bazillion small ones.
    I agree, there's no evidence that it actually ran from end to end without stopping.

    Quote Originally Posted by HenrikOlsen View Post
    It's definitely not about transferring energy
    At first I thought it was a poorly worded article by the Gaurdian. But; that's exactly what they say on the museum's website.

    I was hoping to find a better explaination of why they think it teaches the transfer of energy. Almost everthing in there already has it's own potential energy or is powered by an outside source.

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    I sure wouldn't want someone making a mess like that in MY machine shop. If I had a machine shop...

    Interesting way of opening and pouring the bottle of wine, though.
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    IMNSHO, it's not a kinetic sculpture but a Rube Goldberg machine. Kinetic sculptures are always moving, RG machines are "run once then reset."

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