National Geographic Built a Gigantic 4-Ton Rube Goldberg Machine

Whether or not it's actually the best way to lure audiences away from their mobile devices and back to TV remains to be seen, but what's for certain is that the desperate attempts to win back eyeballs have certainly been entertaining. The Discovery channel had a snake eat a man, but the National Geographic channel… » 12/08/14 9:19am 12/08/14 9:19am

This Rube Goldberg machine is powered by light

It's always fun to see the chain reaction of Rube Goldberg machines and how one action can cascade into a whole bunch of things happening. This one, from an ad for Japanese technology company au, is particularly cool because it's just powered by light and lens and optics. » 9/11/14 1:01am 9/11/14 1:01am

Watch How OK Go Made Their Latest One-Take Optical Illusion Video

Last week, we showed you OK Go's new video, "The Writing's On the Wall," the latest in the band's series of impeccably orchestrated one-take videos chock full of optical illusions and visual tricks. Here's the behind-the-scenes look at how they did it. Short answer: it was frantically precise. » 6/25/14 11:20am 6/25/14 11:20am

Super fun holiday Rube Goldberg machine is a Christmas miracle

Happy holidays everyone. Enjoy the time with your family and friends and the days off you might get. Here's a holiday Rube Goldberg machine from Quirkology, it starts a little slow but then grows bigger and basically becomes a wonderful Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) miracle. Have fun! Stay safe! » 12/22/13 3:56am 12/22/13 3:56am

You Wouldn't Think To Set Up Such Clever Domino Destruction

At 20,000 to 25,000 dominoes total, what you're seeing in this video doesn't come close to the world record. But that doesn't matter, because these domino setups are incredibly involved and creative. » 11/10/13 6:25pm 11/10/13 6:25pm

The Dog Goldberg Machine Is the Best Rube Goldberg Machine

This might be an ad for Beneful dog food, but who cares. The Dog Goldberg Machine is just the greatest, most adorable pup-powered kibble and ball distributor ever. » 7/03/13 10:32am 7/03/13 10:32am

The Rube Goldberg Machine That Defies the Laws of Physics

Taking the Rube Goldberg to a whole new dimension, the wizards (assuming magic plays a big part in this) at 2D House have created this complex chain reaction that seemingly ignores and laughs at the laws of the universe that govern our daily existence. » 12/05/12 1:10pm 12/05/12 1:10pm

How the Extreme Athlete Powered Rube Goldberg Machine Was Made

Remember how Red Bull made that amazingly ridiculous athlete-powered Rube Goldberg machine? This is how they did it. And it includes 11 athletes, 12 different machines, 4 RED cameras, 45 GoPro cameras, a 75 person crew putting in 3,422 man hours and a helluva sawdust. » 11/19/12 9:40pm 11/19/12 9:40pm

This Extreme Athlete Powered Rube Goldberg Machine Is Just Incredible

Yeah, it's absolutely an ad for Red Bull but so what. This extreme athlete-powered Rube Goldberg 'machine' is even better than the free running machine they pulled off a month ago. Watch the entire thing and you won't believe how they use world famous athletes like Lolo Jones and Ryan Scheckler to pull off one… » 11/12/12 8:00pm 11/12/12 8:00pm

The Only Way to Make a Rube Goldberg Machine More Awesome Is Setting It…

Like everyone else, we love Rube Goldberg machines. And we love them even more when they are built around two basic elements: gasoline and gunpowder. Now I want to see one that involves a canon and spans through half a mile. [Thanks Karl!] » 6/18/12 5:20pm 6/18/12 5:20pm

Adorable Suitcase-Sized Rube Goldberg Machine Doesn't Skimp On the…

Rube Goldberg machines are getting a little long in the tooth. OK Go may have made them popular again with their video for This Too Shall Pass, but since then it's been like a cold arms race to build the biggest and best. » 5/01/12 7:40pm 5/01/12 7:40pm

The World's Largest Rube Goldberg Machine Is a Balloon-Busting…

If you thought Purdue's previous Rube Goldberg machine was impressive, a 156-step burger making contraption, you'll be 'blown away' with its latest creation. A 300-step machine whose sole purpose is to blow up and pop balloons, and set world records. » 4/09/12 9:00am 4/09/12 9:00am

This Incredible Monster-Trapping Rube Goldberg Machine Was Built By a…

There's nothing quite like watching a second-grader expertly analyze and explain his application of the scientific method as it relates to the capturing of stuffed monsters to make you question what you've been doing with your life. This kid is could be a real-life Chris Knight. » 3/10/12 3:00am 3/10/12 3:00am

The Most Complicated Way to Take a Picture Is with This Rube Goldberg…

To be fair, they managed to take two pictures! But boy did it take them some time. There's at least a gazillion gorillapods, reflectors, flash cards, soft lights, cameras, printers and balls involved in this bat-shit crazy Rube Goldberg Machine. » 7/12/11 12:40pm 7/12/11 12:40pm

Sony, Rube Goldberg Machine Videos Aren't Supposed to Be This Dull

Sony, Rube Goldberg-style videos are meant to be fast, exciting! And fast. Unless...unless you're trying to manage expectations about the S1 and S2 tablets' processor speed? Oh, you teases. I may as well go watch that OkGo video again, for kicks. [AndroidCommunity] » 6/17/11 3:45am 6/17/11 3:45am

Record-Breaking Rube Goldberg Machine Also Simulates Entirety of History

Rube Goldberg contraptions are cool no matter what—but getting one to mechanize dinosaurs, WWII, the Cold War, and the 2012 apocalypse is extra icing. Extra extra icing is the machine's 244 steps—a new world record for convoluted mechanisms. » 4/22/11 5:20pm 4/22/11 5:20pm

Rube Goldberg Photobooth: The Most Complicated Way To Say Cheese

Two Pratt graduate students, Alex Crawford and Austin Nelson, decided their lives—or studies, anyway—wouldn't be quite complete without having built a Rube Goldberg Machine of their very own. But it's not just a bunch plinking and plopping for its own sake; this complex contraption actually begins and ends with a… » 4/11/11 10:00pm 4/11/11 10:00pm

The Art of Biking

Some people like biking. Others enjoy drawing. Those who hop on Joseph L Griffiths' "Drawing Machine #1 (To Your Hearts Content)" get to partake in the most bizarre mash-up of the two the world's ever seen. » 11/03/10 9:20am 11/03/10 9:20am

Man Builds Rube Goldberg Machine in Basement Using Common Household…

Remember as a kid, when you saw Rube Goldberg-style perpetual-motion set-ups, and wished you could build one yourself? Daniel from St Louis didn't stop there. Using an exercise bike, farm motor and drycleaner rack, the fun even spans the ceiling. » 10/06/10 2:20pm 10/06/10 2:20pm

The Rube Goldberg Marriage Proposal

Marriage can be complicated. Everyone knows that. But marriage proposals can be complicated, too—just ask Robert, a Gizmodo reader who constructed an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine to deliver his girlfriend's engagement ring. Watch the big moment zip-line in. » 10/05/10 4:40pm 10/05/10 4:40pm