Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Animation Spinners

This is a distraction that has eaten up a couple hours: I got to thinking about those super ghetto rims that continue to spin when a car is at a stop and realized that using technology from 1832 one could create rims that are animated. This is a slight variation of the phenakistoscope, the predecessor of the zoetrope. Built out of super cheap materials, the design basically works. I think the inclusion of some washers between the boards, heavier materials, and maybe some counterbalancing would produce even better results... But I'm on to being distracted by other things now.