Watching Adam and Norm create this machine from scratch was a delight. There is something great about watching nerds in their nerd zone, totally nerding it up. It’s amazing.
Une Saison En Enfer – Amazing Automaton Featuring Verlaine, Absinthe, and Ghostly Apparitions by Thomas Kuntz
Thomas Kuntz makes some pretty sweet automata, but the one that stands out for me is entitled Une Saison En Enfer. It features Paul Verlaine seated at a Parisian cafe, drinking absinthe and experiencing a series of ghostly encounters (one with the “Green Fairy,” naturally).
Dug North makes some seriously freaking amazing automata. The ones featured in this video are playful, beautiful, and incredibly complex.
Karakuri ningy? are mechanized puppets or automata, dating back to the 17th and 18th century. They are simple and elegant, and it’s kind of mind-boggling that such mechanical contraptions were made so long ago. Explore the World of Karakuri, and marvel a little at the examples. Lots of additional videos are available on the original MetaFilter posts. [via MetaFilter, here…