I don’t know what it is about this one but I like it. It sits on my desk and every now and then I turn the crank or run the motor and just watch the marbles go round. It’s fun. It’s hypnotizing. It’s pointless.
A few months ago my kids and I were building with Legos and making marble runs for the Geomag marbles. I started thinking about different ways to get the marbles raised up. I remembered seeing a device not too different from the one I built but made out of wood. I saw it in a craft fair years ago and although I never saw it in motion I knew what it was for and how it worked. I thought of making my own out of wood but so far have not. Think of this Lego machine as a prototype for … Well that’s a project for another day.
It is made out of various Lego, Technic, and Mindstorms kits except for the metal Geomag marbles. The yellow and green rails are from one of the Mindstorm add-on kits. There is no programming to this one. The programmable brick simply runs the motor which I turn on with the remote control. Alexandria and Isabella made the minifigs and Yoda’s hut. I added them to the video to liven it up.
I have wanted to try out YouTube for a while now and sharing the marble machine seemed like a good way to do it. I’m no musician but I think it is important for videos to have a sound track. For my home videos I usually use music from my CD collection. But because this one was going public I decided to see what Creative Commons had to offer. From there found “Fault in the air” by DJFer. The video was made with my old Sony digital 8MM camcorder. For editing I use Adobe Premiere.