Video: 170-year-old robotic sofa balances on one leg
'Balance from Within' uses satellite gyroscopes (and magnets) to keep itself together.
Thursday 29 August 2013
A 170-year-old sofa balancing itself on one leg is unusual. A 170-year-old sofa balancing itself on one leg that collapses and is then joined back together with magnets is rarer still. Add a healthy dose of allegory on top of that and, well, you’ve got yourself a pretty unique sofa.
Called ‘Balance from Within’ the sofa in question is the creation of Jacob Tonski, artist-in-residence at the STUDIO for Creative Enquiry. Once hoisted into position the sofa balances itself through the use of a pair of reaction wheels – mechanisms that are typically used to orientate satellites and other spacecraft.
The sofa is “continuously teetering, responding internally to external forces” and indeed, watching the video one can see slight twitches in its frame as it adjusts itself to stay upright. The wheels inside it work by creating angular momentum through a spinning mass, operating in a similar fashion to a gyroscope.
The sofa itself (an early-Victorian piece from the 1840s that Tonski found in a junkshop) was chosen because, as pieces of furniture, sofas play host to “the full range of social interactions”: “from dinner to chatting to job interviews to sex.”
“Sofas are these ubiquitous, often very humble things,” says Tonski, “built by man to facilitate social interaction – is it any wonder that their footing is so solid when they’re made to build these delicate structures we build – relationships – prone to falling apart, prone to falling down.”
Luckily for the sofa, Tonski has deconstructed it and filled its frame with magnets. When the sofa fall it breaks into pieces and can be snapped back together to balance once more.
(Via Creative Applications)
The sofa balancing. The twin reaction wheels that stabilise themselves. The collapsed sofa ready to be put back together with magnets.
Life & Style blogs
Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
The Last of Us: Ashley Johnson says she would play Ellie in a sequel
UK police to start seizing drivers' mobile phones after all crashes
Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45
- < Previous
- Next >
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£25000 per annum + OTE £40,000: SThree: Orgtel are seeking Graduate Trainee Re...
£35000 - £40000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Content Manager - Central...
£45000 - £60000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: JAVA DEVELO...
£475 - £550 per day: Progressive Recruitment: MDAX / Dynamics AX / Microsoft D...