Archive for the “Mechanisms” category


by Lynn on May 9, 2011

A Sovee is a solar powered pet and protector. To take care of a Sovee, place him on the windowsill to soak up the sun before leaving the house. Four super bright LEDs come on automatically when a Sovee enters (…)

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by Lynn on April 25, 2011

After deciding I wanted to move away from a typical solar powered lamp, I made the steady white light a pummer with two different colored LEDs and made it more interactive by placing a switch on his head and a (…)

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Outside In: Solar Night Light

by Lynn on April 7, 2011

Things have been crazy lately between midterms and the immediate jump to finals and a collective art/storytelling project I’m working on (it’s top secret right now but we’re launching at the end of the month so details are coming very (…)

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These Shoes Were Modified for Walking…

by Lynn on March 7, 2011

…and that’s kind of what they do… After much trial and error and then some more error and a few more trials, this fine pair of bedazzled Airwalk shoes can walk. Sort of. They get a few steps in and, (…)

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Angry Bird Racer

by Lynn on March 1, 2011

I never made a mouse trap race car when I was younger. A lot of kids make them in elementary school but I went to a law magnet school so there was less of a focus on science projects like (…)

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Magical Mechanisms

by Lynn on February 14, 2011

This week my classmates and I were asked to share machines we consider impressive. We must consider one machine art and the other as functional. I immediately recalled one of the most impressive appliances I’ve ever used–Connoisseur’s Compact Wine Opener. (…)

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Engineering: LEGO Style

by Lynn on February 9, 2011

This weekend Liza Singer and I made an epic LEGO beast of a crane. Having built countless LEGO contraptions in the past I knew what I was getting into when we decided to build such an elaborate model. That said, (…)

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The Birth Canal

by Lynn on January 31, 2011

The first assignment of the new semester was to make a Rube Goldberg machine that would crack an egg. You know, something like Pee Wee’s breakfast machine. We had to include 5 instances of energy transfers by means of levers, (…)

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