A swinging pendulum is notoriously mesmerizing—that’s why hypnotists are always swinging pocket watches in front of someone’s eyes to put them under. But when you add an extra point of articulation, creating a double pendulum, the seemingly random and flailing motions that ensue go well beyond hypnotic.
We're used to seeing pendulum waves generated on tiny scaffolds with itty-bitty balls. But as this awesome demonstration points out, the same physics applies even at the largest scales.
On those frequent days when you just don't feel like working, there's nothing like a fun desk toy to wile away the hours. And if you're tired of your Newton's Cradle, and don't want to draw attention to yourself with a office-wide Nerf war, check out the solar-powered Zendulum. Like a Newton's Cradle its hypnotic…
Even after being awake for hours, my mind still wasn't ready to deal with Jonathan Brainin's kinetic video installation which creates a virtual version of a Newton's cradle using a couple of LCD displays and a video camera.
This is Tom Shannon creating one of his latest paintings. His process—swinging a giant pendulum rigged with six remote control paint guns over a canvas—is a marriage of chaos and control. His finished pieces...well, they're incredible.