This Rube Goldberg Machine is Powered by Light

So this is what black magic looks like.

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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