Clack. Blink. Clack. Blink.

Yasutoki Kariya "Asobi"

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10 Responses:

  1. pavel_lishin says:

    I just want to see it shatter.

  2. Is the light zipping across the middle bulbs based directly on the physical system somehow, or is it just an electronic simulation?

    • LionsPhil says:

      Given that the bulbs bounce, I'm going to hazard a guess that this isn't actually a functional Newton's Cradle, but they're instead motorized at the ends. (Also, propagation time.)

      • The propagation time could be a natural physical effect if they only light up when they touch. But no, I think there's too much chaos in the system; at rest they must still touch.

        Maybe you could design something with pressure-sensitive pads and calibrate them to trigger when it goes over the pressure at rest, but that would be hard. It must just be simulated.

    • jwz says:

      It's pretty obvious how it works. Watch more closely.