Looking for a fun and affordable gift? Or maybe an original desk toy idea for yourself? How about a marble maze that has a mind of its own? The Solarbotics Perpetual Motion Marble Kit is fun to watch, easy to build and very affordably priced at under $30.
It Never Stops!
Perpetual motion has fascinated humanity ever since the early days of crude machines. Designing a true perpetual motion machine takes a lot of engineering and advanced design. One of my personal favorites is the Swinging Sticks that was featured in the film Iron Man. But the Solarbotics Perpetual Motion Marble Kit gets a little help from the sun. Once built, the kit will collect energy from its solar cell. Once powered, it then turns the gear wheel notch by notch and moves the marble back to the top so it can spin down the slide again. If you are in bright sunlight, the pulses will cause a ball to drop every minute (less if you are using indoor light).
This is a “kit” and some effort is required to assemble. The Solarbotics Perpetual Motion Marble Kit isn’t a LEGO set. You will need tools including solder, a soldering gun, glue, screwdriver, knife, and pliers.
Perpetual Motion Marble Kit
The Solarbotics Perpetual Motion Marble Kit is a lot of fun to watch and makes a cool addition to any office or desk. And if you’re “handy,” it’s fun to assemble too. You can pick one up here: Solarbotics Perpetual Motion Marble Kit ($30).
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Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.