At first glance, we thought this was one of those tilt-shift videos that makes people and things look tiny. But you’re looking at a detailed scale model of a carnival built by Tobias Augustin. The miniature amusement park is filled with motorized thrill rides, carny booths, and other attractions illuminated with thousands of colorful NeoPixel LEDs.
As much fun as carnival games look, they’re designed to steal your dollars, and not to award you that giant stuffed bear. Engineer Mark Rober is here to explore the math and physics behind carny scams, which are the biggest rip-offs, and a few ways to improve your chances.