If you put a bunch of metronomes on a wobbly platform, they will eventually sync up. But given the nature of the universe to tend toward disorder, why do some things seem to defy this basic law of physics? Veritasium explores the science at work when things work their way into synchronized patterns.
Anyone who watches Futurama knows that robots that bend are the best. Veritasium looks at unconventional robots made from flexible materials, including Zachary Hammond and team’s isoperimetric robot. The advantages of these “soft robots” include their light weight, enhanced safety, and shape-shifting abilities.
Derek from Veritasium uses his body to demonstrate an set of windows that appear to start rotating in one direction, slow down, then change directions, despite constantly rotating in just one direction. He then goes on to explain how the Ames window illusion messes with our brains, and why it doesn’t work for everyone.