What makes a watch tick? This exploded view of a mechanical watch shows the centuries old tech that’s still used to keep time without a battery. It’s all in the movement and the design, which is somehow harder for me to grasp than microchips and circuit boards.
Tick, tock. Tick, tock. With these watches, telling time is so much more beautiful and intricate and complicated than that. These are some of the most sophisticated watch movements in the world with a ton of complications added to them and just to see all the fancy ways the mechanical engine moves is a delight. It’s a…
This month, the io9 Book Club is reading The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis. We’ll meet tomorrow midday to discuss it. Join us!
On its surface, The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis is a fun alt-history about a world where the Dutch conquered everyone with the help of alchemy and clockwork robots. But a lot of the most mind-blowing stuff in this book is actually about the nature, and theology, of free will. Spoilers ahead...
Every time I see a mechanical music box my jaw drops. But when I saw these extraordinary pieces, by 18th century master watchmaker Jaquet Droz, I couldn't believe they worked mechanically and not by magic spell. The level of precision and complexity is mind-blowing.
Long before anybody dreamed of a shiny iPad or glistening ultrabook, engineers and scientists used to get down to business with mechanical calculators to compute their solutions. While the concept of a mechanical calculator sounds ludicrously simple these days, a peek inside one reveals that they're anything but.
What do you get when you make the classic Pac-Man fully mechanical? A Pac-Man that chomps only when you hand crank its gears. In other words: awesomeness. Just watch. The hand-cranked, mechanical Pac-Man, called Pactuator, is actually part of a bigger, much loftier project: a playable, mechanical Pac-Man cabinet,…
In a future where we cruise back and forth between our underwater cities in lovingly hand-crafted vessels, we can look forward to Andrew George Brown's "Fanciful Submarines," whimsical boats that fin through the waters and creep across the ocean floor.
Looks like some sort of Cyberdyne Systems human feeder used by Skynet.
Now this is one hell of a Lego mechanical device. None of that new-school, open-source Mindstorms nonsense here. This is straight up mechanical Legos capable of opening a beer bottle with ease. It may be a bit slower than traditional beer-opening methods, but it is a hell of a lot cooler.