World's Most Useless Machine

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Project by Michael posted 03-08-2012 03:57 PM 7612 views 24 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw one of these on YouTube and had to make one (two actually).

The World’s Most Useless Machine; you turn it on and it turns itself off. That’s it.

I ordered the electrical parts kit from Frivolous Engineering. I had to solder the circuit board and assemble all of the components, then I built a simple cedar box for it. It operates on two AA batteries (not included).

Video of the machine in action.

-- ~Michael,

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#1 posted 03-08-2012 04:08 PM

I just love these! And you made a beautifull version!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 04:13 PM

I don’t reckon I’ve ever seen one of these but at least you made a nice box for it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 04:30 PM

awesome! I love these machines. Thanks for the link to the parts also, I was trying to find that a while ago.

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 04:45 PM

Uuuhhhh…..... OK. It’s cute. Not sure I need one right now. Good work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 04:57 PM

Oh, now THAT’s cute !

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 03-08-2012 05:10 PM

Oh my gosh, that is funny. Almost spit my lunch all over my laptop.

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 05:16 PM

Nice touch with the colored LEDs. One of these days I’ll build one of those. :)

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#9 posted 03-08-2012 05:20 PM

Useless? Are you kidding me? First of all, it turns itself off. Second, it turns itself off. Third, it turns itself off. Fourth, it turns itself off. I wouldn’t get bored with that for a while.

-- Kayvon

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#10 posted 03-08-2012 06:50 PM

That is hysterical! I love it! And well built!

Boy I almost just ordered the innerds, but $12 for shipping seems excessive to me and rubs me the wrong way.

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#11 posted 03-08-2012 06:51 PM

They would make a neat X-mas gift for some of my friends.

-- Chris K

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#12 posted 03-08-2012 07:14 PM

That is a great way to keep the “simple minded” folks, like me, busy ALL day long!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#13 posted 03-08-2012 08:08 PM

OKAY….............Beautiful color in that cedar. What happens when the batteries wear out.. It must stay on!!!!!!!!!! That sounds like an oxy-moron

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 03-08-2012 08:38 PM

Great coffee table piece, thanks for sharing

-- Norman

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#15 posted 03-08-2012 10:00 PM

now that is entertaining…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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