Made by Monkeys: Impossible Object Reviews

Impossible Objects #40: The Ultimate Machine that turns itself off

Mention was made in the office the other day of Claude Shannon (topics of sporting failure and celebrity chat having been exhausted), and up came mention of the Ultimate Machine. Intrigued, I headed to YouTube optimistically hoping to see such a machine in action… and bingo! (I believe the device…

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Impossible objects #39 - Escher's Belvedere tower in 3D printed form

Room had to be found on Made By Monkeys for this eye-catching demonstration of 3D printing. Professor Gershon Elber at Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, has analysed M. C. Escher’s famous images – for example the looping staircase in a tower that is always going up – and found…

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Impossible Object #38 - Infinity LED desk

When I first read “Infinity Desk”, I thought of infinity pools melding into the sunny horizon and was pulled up slightly short… but the dark, bottomless look is quite cool, if vaguely unsettling (“a TRON version of the Sarlacc pit” as someone writes below.) Thanks to ObviousWinner.com for highlighting…

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Impossible Object #37 - FLIP, the vertical ship

Testing is a recurring theme of the blog, and this is an interesting example of testing in extremis. Check out FLIP, the “Floating Instrument Platform”, which can change from a horizontal to a vertical orientation. The specially designed ship apparently enables research into acoustic measurementsm and “air-sea interactions”, as…

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Impossible Object #36 - The bike without round wheels

The idea for our Impossible Objects series was originally inspired by the Catalogue of Impossible Objects by Jacques Carelman (a member of the College of ‘Pataphysics), which includes such items as conflicting cycles, flat chairs, and improbable writing machines. How about this one as a new entry? Thanks to Sue…

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Impossible Object #35: Prehistoric Swiss Army Knife

It’s stretching the category definition a bit, for an Impossible Object, but this one made me smile on a grey Monday morning. Take a look at a Stone Age era Swiss Army Knife. I particularly like the little leather belt. (The original posting seems to be on vi.sualize…

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Impossible Object #34: Invisible bookcases

Thanks to the excellent Techeblog for highlighting these – Top 5 Coolest Bookshelves for Geeks. They include the eye-catching Invisible Bookcase… How does it work? Check out the picture below. Simple, but effictive…

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Impossible Object #33: Pedal-less, Seat-less bicycle

At first I thought this was absurd – a pedal-less, seat-less bike, where you ride underneath the frame? – but on closer, more open-minded examination it looks a striking idea… It’s the FLIZ bike – as in ‘flies’, presumably – which ‘represents an expansion of urban mobility for different users…

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