You can't hide the batteries when it's transparent!
Perpetual motion is impossible but this device simulates what it might look like and it uses some really clever engineering.
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I decided not to get into why perpetual motion isn't possible. Would you like to see a separate video about that?
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I laughed so hard at the "Thankfully, through the magic of buying two of them" bit! Oh man, this is the crossover I needed today.
It's hilarious seeing people on twitter who believe the device is a breakthrough in "perpetual motion."
“The hardest part about making a perpetual motion machine, is finding where to hide the batteries”.
Also loved the Technology Connections references!!
I love the term "perpetual motion simulator." I have an ex whose dad is a "mentalist," basically somewhere between a magician and clairvoyant, but he starts his shows by openly acknowledging you're about to see parlour tricks you could learn on the internet, and criticizing self-proclaimed psychics etc as flagrant shysters. Of course the appeal of his show was he'd been practicing those "parlour tricks" for years and could still leave an amateur wondering how he did it. Always liked that approach
Who are you people?! Leave me alone...
The beauty of this device is that he made the visible components out of such simple materials, wood and steel rails, which automatically disassociate it with tricky electronics. If it had a plastic box base you would immediately suspect that there was something inside it but our general experience is that wood is solid.
The Technology Connections shoutout was spot on. Including the facial expression Alec makes. Made me chuckle. ❤️
I like how all my favorite tech and science youtubers are aware of each other and watch eachother's content. It feels like one big family in a way lol.
I just love that Technology Connections is popular enough to be satirized! It's awesome that he's gotten that big!
It’s lovely to see some serious effort put into drawing attention to the original creator. Well done.
On another note, perpetual motion machines have always been such a fascination for me. I was around 10 when I came to understand why they couldn’t exist. Since then I have found it infinitely (pun entirely intended) entertaining to see people try at the impossible, either honestly or with the intention to scam.
Thanks for the video.
Its always nice to see technology connections getting some love. And the bloopers were perfect lol
The way I like "perpetual motion" stuff is by looking at them as if they're magic tricks. Of course, the scammy side of it is bad, but things like the one on the video is like a magical artwork. It tingles with your logic, and it got you thinking on how it works. It just looks fun.
Nice to see inside the thing! When I saw it first time I thought they made a CGI machine.
I've seen these around for a while but now I desperately want one so I can see how my cats will react to it. That said, this was a really fun breakdown and it's really cool that the creator was able to make a transparent version so you could see and explain the trick to the whole thing.
It's so cool that it was made like this! I had a similar thought process once I first saw it but had no idea how to verify if it functions like that without getting one myself. Had no idea it was available for purcase!
The way the ball that's just been launched back into the holder at the top is usually the one to drop again is quite fascinating.
I have always been curious how those things work. I have known perpetual motion isn't possible in the way this unit portrays but I never bothered to look into how it works. Very clever!!!
Thanks for showing how it worked, I thought it was simpler, like voltage on the wires. Such a pretty woodworking job on the product and clever design.
I chuckled at the technology connections parody!