Don’t just look at these Rube Goldberg machines, play with them

Sign up to receive each week’s Playlist e-mail here! Also check out our full, interactive Playlist section. Perchang (iOS) BY PERCHANG LIMITED The over-engineered contraptions of Perchang do look a lot like Rube Goldberg machines but they differ very slightly. That difference is that they aren’t strictly there for you to look at; you must also operate them. The goal is simple each time: ensure a pre-requisite number of tiny balls enter the hole before the timer finishes. Without your interaction, this won’t happen, and so you have to press your thumbs on the screen to activate fans, or flippers, or tilt a…


The 2014 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest winner, ladies and gentlemen

Rube Goldberg machines, those kooky machines that perform simple tasks with convoluted methods, are generally a thing of marvel, especially when said Rube Goldberg machine is the winner of the 2014 annual contest among college students. Luckily, that impossible contraption, which was built by a team of students from Purdue University, appeared last night on Jimmy Kimmel.  A little background: Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist and mad tinkerer who conceptualized crazily-inefficient machines in the ‘30s. But this is the Internet so of course you already know that. Watch in childlike amazement as this machine goes through an elaborate process to…