kinetic Art

Manipuable Exhibition: Felipe Pantone

See the amazing works of Felipe Pantone: https://www.felipepantone.com

More about the recent exhibtion at: Gallery COMMON

Explore some of the other physics based art in my collection: physicsfun art

Manipulable Exhibition: an incredible interactive souvenir from artist Felipe Pantone’s recent solo exhibition at @gallerycommon entitled “Manipulable”. Pantone takes op art to the next level- mixing physics and the psychophysics of vision within forms that invite physical interactivity, astounding the senses and giving new insights to our perception. I’m eternally grateful to Galley COMMON for sending me this opening day souvenir for my collection.

Woodwork Rattleback

The amazing work of Emmanuel Péluchon can be purchased here:
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Other kinds of rattlebacks can be found here:
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Woodwork Rattleback: prefers to spin counter clockwise- If spun clockwise, a complicated combination of friction, precession, and instability induced vibrations transforms the rotational energy into into rattling (energy of oscillations) and then into rotational energy in the opposite direction. This behavior is related to an asymmetry in weight along the left/right symmetry axis- the dark wood is Apple which has twice the density of the light colored Basswood(Linden). This asymmetry in weight induces an instability, quite like the vibrations that arise from an unbalanced tire, that transfers the rotational energy to the intermediate rocking vibrations. This beautiful physics toy was produced by Emmanuel Péluchon.


Kaleidoscope Symmetry Physics

Lief Colson's store is now Colorfulscopes on Etsy with many designs to choose from- all with precision aligned high quality front surface mirrors: 
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Amazing next-level fine art kaleidoscopes avaibable here:
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Gyrobi Kinetic Toy 

Kaleidoscope Symmetry Physics: Two adjacent mirrors form the repeating image of a kaleidoscope, but the shape of the image is determined by the angle between the mirrors. This principle is demonstrated with three different symmetrical patterns using this beautiful set of precision teleidoscopes- angles of 36° (blue tube), 30° (green tube), and 22.5° (red tube), creating mandala stars with 5, 6, and 8 points. The angle for any symmetric star pattern of n points is just 180°/n. A teleidoscope is a kaleidoscope but with a lens on the end, such that the kaleidoscopic image is formed by whatever is put in front of it. Here the complex motion of a Gyrobi toy is used as the observation object. 

Rocking Stork Drinking Bird

This artisitic version of the Drinking Bird available here:
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Get a standard Drinking Bird here:  
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Drinking Bird Engine 


Wikipedia has wonderful details about the rich history (and further descriptions of the operational principals) of the Drinking Bird
Rocking Stork: this species of drinking bird toy comes from the Czech Republic where each is crafted in blown glass by an artisan. This classic physics toy is a functional heat engine- cooling by evaporation at the head/beak leads to lower pressure in the top bulb, the pressure in the bottom bulb pushes the dichloromethane fluid (here dyed red) up the neck making the bird top heavy and the bird tips over dipping its beak and letting the fluid return to the bottom bulb. The process repeats, and as long as the top bulb stays wet and cooler than the bottom this heat engine will continue to cycle.


Caustic Projection Optical Element

This optical element is a component of this affordable Laser show device:
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Get this beautiful new color of laser pointer here: 
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Caustic Projection Optical Element: the intricate geometries of light due to refraction through various curved surfaces of transparent plastic. A 488 nm cyan laser pointer is refracted through an optical element with lumpy surface features which create this aurora/nebula effect. When light rays refract through a curved surface they concentrate into bright patches called caustics, often with cusp singularities (sharp points) and intricate threads of shadow. 

Rolling Uphill Illusion

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Learn more: The amazing illusions of Kokichi Sugihara

See the many other Sugihara Illusions: in my collection

Rolling Uphill Illusion: the ball bearings seemingly roll uphill as if attracted by magnets of some kind. What’s going on? Swipe for reveal as it is truly a matter of perspective. A wonderful take on an illusion invented by Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University. 3D printed by my good friend @zathras5 (Roger Key) from a file designed by Julian Hardy. 

Phonotrope Spinning Gears

Get this and other amazing phonotrope spinners here:

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Phonotrope Spinning Gears: one more amazing phonotrope from apyrodesign. When the rate of rotation matches the rate of the smartphone video process (wait for it) twelve animated gears appear to mesh and turn. The precision laser cut acrylic is specifically designed to interact with the video process, similar to the animation effect of a flip book, but in a repeating cycle like that of the phenakistiscope, the 1833 invention that started moving media animation that lead to the development of movies and video.