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Rube Goldberg

The Lunch Feeder

The Lunch Feeder

Like many of us, Joseph Herscher doesn’t always have time to get up from his desk to take a lunch break. So, he did what any enterprising inventor would do – he built himself an overly complicated Rube Goldberg machine to effortlessly feed himself a meal.

Rube Goldberg Lemonade Machine

Rube Goldberg Lemonade Machine

Thirsty for some lemonade? If you’ve got 8 minutes to spare, you can have a glass, courtesy of this complex collaboration from machine makers Sprice Machines, DoodleChaos, TheInvention11, Hevesh5, 5MadMovieMakers, DrComplicated, and SmileyPeaceFun.

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Chain Reaction Tape Dispenser

Chain Reaction Tape Dispenser

This ridiculously complicated Rube Goldberg machine from DaksDominos uses dozens of ping pong balls, Hot Wheels tracks, string, dominoes, toilet paper rolls, plastic cups, glass bottles, and popsicle sticks to perform a simple task – dispensing a length of Scotch tape.

The Blue Marble

The Blue Marble

Marble and domino enthusiast Kaplamino’s latest creation is an impressive tilted maze. The most entertaining parts are the ones where magnets, small catapults and other objects fling the titular marble through the different parts of the maze.

Marbles, Magnets, and Music

Marbles, Magnets, and Music

Tinkerer of things DoodleChaos set up a maze of Jenga blocks, dominoes, sticks, magnets, and other bits and bobs, and precisely placed them such that a series of ball bearings dropped into the them syncs up perfectly with Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers.

This Tape Is on a Roll

This Tape Is on a Roll

What you’re looking at is an oddly satisfying contraption in which a roll of tape meanders its way through a maze with extraordinary skill. It’s from a Japanese kids show which featured one of these wonderful machines every week. Find more on KeN KeN’s channel.

The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine

The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine

Peter Browne and his buddy Mervyn Huggett spent around 1,000 hours making a Rube Goldberg machine that delivers food and fun. The Sunday Morning Breakfast Machine can make a slice of toast, a soft-boiled egg and a cup of tea or coffee all at once.

Miniature Rube Goldberg Machine

Miniature Rube Goldberg Machine

We’ve seen all manner of Rube Goldberg machines over the years, but never one as precise as this one from Seiko, that uses some 1200 watch parts and watchmaking tools in its design. It required a little human assist along the way, but it’s still pretty awesome.

Rube Goldberg Soda Machine

Rube Goldberg Soda Machine

YouTuber berlagawesome spent a total of 140h creating and trying to get his 175-step Rube Goldberg machine to work completely. There’s a thrift shop’s worth of odds and ends in there, and halfway through we actually forgot what its purpose was. Single camera perspective here.

The Rube Slowberg Machine

The Rube Slowberg Machine

Bob Partington created the world’s slowest Rube Goldberg machine, driven by molasses, a turtle, melting popsicles, and other things that take forever. Thankfully, the tedious 6+ week long process has been reduced to three minutes for your viewing pleasure.

Biisuke’s Big Ball Adventure

Biisuke’s Big Ball Adventure

When was the last time a Rube Goldberg machine made your heart race? Because this classic from Japanese children’s show Pitagora Suichi is as exciting as an Indiana Jones flick. Plus it has an awesome theme song. “I’ll be there brothers, hang on, almost there!”

3M Rube Goldberg Machine

3M Rube Goldberg Machine

3M spent 1,400 hours creating this sophisticated Rube Goldberg machine. The result is a wonderful maze driven by physics, chemistry and 25,000 Post-it Notes. The pendulums were both exciting and relaxing.

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin

Formlabs Tough 3D Printer Resin
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Formlabs made a Rube Goldberg machine using its new Tough Resin. Compatible with the Form 1 and Form 1+ 3D printers, Tough Resin is durable, rugged and flexible, making it ideal for high-impact and high-stress use.

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Impossible Rube Goldberg Machine

Impossible Rube Goldberg Machine

YouTube and Vine trickster Zach King created this wacky video which features what appears to be a typical Rube Goldberg machine, but that has magical powers thanks to the wonders of editing and post-production.

Deskloop

Deskloop

A laptop sets off a recurring sequence of objects interacting in both the real world and inside its operating system in this creative take on the Rube Goldberg machine by animator Evelien Lohbeck.

Power of Optics

Power of Optics

To promote their high-speed optical internet service, Japan’s au Hikari, they created a sort of Rube Goldberg machine that uses a single beam of light as its primary means of activation. Watch how they made the video here.

Leo’s Fortune x Rube Goldberg

Leo’s Fortune x Rube Goldberg

This impressive Rube Goldberg contraption was built to promote the awesome platform adventure game Leo’s Fortune. With its use of trains, clocks and saws, it does a good job representing some of the game’s levels.

A History of Recorded Music

A History of Recorded Music

Lovers of Rube Goldberg, music and history, have we got the thing for you – a clever 90 second chronicle of recorded music, told through spoken word and a chain reaction show made from assorted musical equipment. (Thanks Steve!)

Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt
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Tim Fort aka Kinetic King used a variety of objects as dominoes to make this massive Rube Goldberg machine for the music video of Tuna Melt, the single from Fool’s Gold DJs A-Trak and Tommy Trash.

The Oreo Separator Machine

The Oreo Separator Machine

Fueled by his hatred of the filling in Oreo cookies, physicist and copywriter David Neevel invented the awesome OSM, a specialized Rube Goldberg machine that separates the cookie from the cream.

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Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg

Isaac Newton vs. Rube Goldberg

An incredible, mind-bending Rube Goldberg contraption that seemingly defies gravity, performing its trickery with what we’re guessing was a bunch of magnets and a moving camera rig.

The Athlete Machine

The Athlete Machine

We love human Rube Goldberg vids; here, the Red Bull Kluge combines the agile athletic prowess of Lolo Jones, Danny MacAskill, Robbie Maddison and more with complex machinery. (Thanks everyone!)

Human Rube Goldberg Machine

Human Rube Goldberg Machine

Definitely the most complex Rube Goldberg machine we’ve ever seen. It’s got shipping containers, buses and people, including freerunner Jason Paul who pulled off lots of scary jumps.

Complex Rube Goldberg Machine

Complex Rube Goldberg Machine

We’re not sure this is largest Rube Goldberg machine, but it’s definitely the most complex – built by Purdue engineers with 300 steps to achieve its goal of blowing up and popping a balloon.

Audri’s Rube Goldberg Machine

Audri’s Rube Goldberg Machine

This is 7-year old Audri. He built a Rube Goldberg machine monster trap. It’s a commendable feat, but his real accomplishment is embracing the fact that one’s life won’t always go according to plan.

Rube Goldberg Photography

Rube Goldberg Photography

2D Photography spent the past 6 months building a very elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that spans multiple rooms. It does take a handful of pictures, but it takes its sweet time before doing so.

Melvin the Machine

Melvin the Machine

Designed by studio HeyHeyHey, Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine is the most complicated Rube Goldberg contraption we’ve ever seen. It’s purpose? Promoting itself.

Life-Size Mousetrap

Life-Size Mousetrap

Despite the fact that the board game Mousetrap never worked when we were kids, that didn’t stop Mark Perez from building a life-size version of the contraption. Show your support on Kickstarter.

Rube Goldberg Photobooth

Rube Goldberg Photobooth

Alex Crawford and Austin Nelson perfectly capture the spirit of the Rube Goldberg machine, creating the most ridiculously convoluted method of snapping an instant photo of themselves.

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