DoodleChaos made budget versions of basketball trick shots using wood, marbles, string and other small objects. It starts out simple, but quickly becomes more and more complex. The ball bouncing on the rolling cylinder was nuts.
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Pocket83’s marble sorting machine uses two bars that get slightly wider apart, such that rolling marbles over them will cause smaller ones to fall earlier than the larger ones. Not only does it make a soothing sound, it also does a great job of visualizing the bell curve.
In 2011, Walter Mason built the world’s longest marble run out of wooden modular tracks. Now he’s raising funds on Kickstarter for smaller sets of his tracks. The Boa set works with ping pong balls (or similarly sized balls), while the Anaconda works with larger balls.
After six months of work, builder Ben Tardif is close to putting the finishing touches on his latest marble machine – a miniature version of a miniature golf course. The video goes into quite some depth about the build, but if you just want to see it in action, you can skip to 15:20.
A fun kit which lets you build your own motorized wooden marble machine. It sends a cascade of spheres spiraling to the bottom, then finding their way back to the top for an perpetual loop of marble madness. Available as a battery-powered or solar version.
Ben Tardif says he’s been working for over three years on the construction of his complex contraption, a kinetic sculpture that sends marbles on a seemingly endless ride through 25 different environments, along twisty roads, down tiny staircases, and even off a ski jump.
Cars, motorcycles, boats, bikes, runners. We love to watch all manner of races. But we never thought a race between a bunch of marbles could be exciting. Marble fanatic Jelle Bakker set off this surprisingly compelling race across a 750 foot-long course carved from sand.