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July 27, 2006

Chain Reaction device

This is not really pioneering, but is quite an ingenious piece of construction. The task I gave this patrol was to produce a chain reaction device (like Heath Robinson or Rube Goldberg) in one and a half hours. I knew things would be interesting when I heard them discussing how to use a cell phone to start the reaction off...

8 steps:
  • cell phone vibrates, then falls
  • broom tips over
  • (slight pause in this video)traffic chevron falls
  • retaining pole knocked away
  • rugby ball rolls down slope
  • into hat
  • unties highwayman's hitch
  • releases keys which slide down into Koen's hand

Direct link to the video here
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