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Rube Goldberg Egg-o-Matic

January 30, 2010

Do you despair of attaining Audrey Hepburn’s perfect flick of the wrist? Do your guests complain of shell in their scramble? Well, no more, for now every kitchen can have the Egg-o-Matic!

It fits conveniently inside your stove hood. Set the fuse, pull the lever, and down comes a perfect pre-scrambled yolk and egg, right into the frying pan. No muss, no fuss.

For Mechanisms, we were asked to build an egg-cracking machine:

  • “Your machine should be loaded with an egg. It should be reasonably quick to reload your machine with a new egg between runs (no disassembly of the machine). Acceptable triggers to start the machine include (for example) a button press, pulling/pushing a lever, or yanking a string. Your machine should consist of at least 5 energy transfers (steps). After the initial start no human intervention is allowed. You may use any materials you can find/make/buy. Each step should be unique and contribute to the goal. Basically this means you can’t, for example, have some rolling ball hit 5 pins on its way down a ramp and have those actions count as steps (lame). The majority of the egg and NO MORE than 1/2 of the shell can end up in the final receptacle to get full credit.
  • You will get 2 attempts. Your machine can take no longer than 5 minutes to complete the task from the time you initiate movement.”

There Will Be Yolk: A Rube Goldberg Machine from Greg Borenstein on Vimeo.


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