Posted by Xander Pakzad
There is not a single person on the planet who doesn't like Rube Goldberg machines. (If you meet someone who claims to not like them, run. That person is a spy and/or alien who wasn't trained on how to fit in properly.) Everyone is delighted to see one of those complicated, domino-like machines that play with force using simple physics. But have you ever seen one that predominantly uses light?
Shut up and take my money.
It’s actually a commercial for au Hikari, a Japanese internet service provider.
If it weren't for the internet, I would move to Japan just to see ads like this.
The light is continuously dispersed and refocused using a series of mirrors and prisms. The heat from the light is used to pop a balloon, burn through string, and melt ice. And look totally badass.
They even made a making-of video that shows how complex this sequential system was to build and even harder to film. I wonder how many takes they did to get the timing just right.
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