This is easily the best video to spend your eyeball time on today. That’s partly because it’s wonderfully shot and reveals the inner workings of the machines. But it’s mostly because it’s a bunch of robots making tiny springs.
Danny Cooke's short How Comfort Is Born shows the entire process of making an Arlo & Jacob couch. You see wood being framed, springs being made, framed wood being shaved, made springs being put together and then finally the cushions and fabric carefully being handled so each couch is perfect.
Can adding springs—polycarbonate or rubber—to the soles of running shoes help you run faster? We tested three new shoes from Adidas, Reebok and new Swiss brand On Running to find out. Surprisingly, the answer was a pretty definitive yes.
Forget what you know about car suspension: Audi is tearing up the rule book and making its latest springs from glass fiber-reinforced composite instead of steel. It's not gone mad, though; this is the future.
And now, for your Monday morning moment of zen, Slinkys in slow motion. Whether it's dropped from eye level, or from the roof of a building, the bottom of a fully extended slinky will appear to hover in midair when released.
Development of NASA's Ares Moon rockets continues apace, despite criticisms from an team designing an alternative. Now NASA engineers have announced how they're going to deal with a potentially serious vibration problem in the crew-launched Ares I: springs.
Industrial designer Roger Arquer came up with four ideas for a non-lethal mousetrap using household objects such as lightbulbs, paper clips, springs and pint glasses. And, of course, cheese. Check the gallery below for his ingenious devices.