Perpetually Burping Pac-Man Verge-Escapement Project
My first idea was to use a fan to turn a pinwheel with metal contacts on its fins which in turn would hit another contact attached to a light-bulb, making it flicker- thereby segmenting the continuous motion of the fan blowing into the pulsing flicker of the light. Upon further reflection I thought of another source of continuous air that I already possessed: an air-pump for a fishtank.
For some reason I kept this old, broken box.. I had some rocks in it. I thought I could use the hinge to create a lid that could release air bubbles under water and fall again until filling up.
I destroyed what was left of the box and ended up badly damaging both hinges in the process rendering them completely useless.
What else has a hinge that doesn’t need to be destroyed and pieced back together? Altoids box! I hammered a nail into it, then a screw- enough room to fit the hose.
Yeah.. that’s a start. It might work. But now I have to stabilize it.
Ok- I can maybe balance it on a tin-can somehow. Its cylindrical, it’s tall, it’s.. tin.
I decided to run the hose through the can.. maybe I won’t need the Altoids box, maybe I can hinge something on the can..
I tried a shell, a jar lid, there’s the Altoids box.. moral is running low.
For some reason I did this in a moment of desperation. It really accomplished nothing. I figured that tin-foil is sometimes helpful in desperate situations.. I was hoping that something illogically amazing and unexpected might happen.. it didn’t.
I realized that I had a good thing going with the Altoids box. The trick was getting it to close again once the bubbles blew it open. I found some magnets and fixed them ontop. IT WORKED! But… it was not a regular portion of time. I went to the gym.
All I needed was a LARGE Altoids box. Previously I had been using a MINI Altoids box which didn’t allow for a big enough air pocket to accumulate. I saddled this bad boy up, rigged it with some extra magnets and BAM! I got me a rhythmically burping pac-man inspired verge escapement mechanism. Kind of handsome, no?
Maybe it’s the loose animatronic quality of my creation, but I have to admit a certain sense of affection for this mechanical burping-clock mechanism. Even in its rudimentary state, there is something familiar about its movements- how could I ever part with it now that we’ve found each other? I think I’ll name it “Bubble Bobble.”