Eames Solar-Powered Do Nothing Machine

In the spirit of contraptions, I bring you the most extreme one ever – a solar-powered Do Nothing Machine.  Yes, that’s right, this intricate contraption does absolutely nothing, except look really cool that is!  The Do Nothing was created in the late 1950’s for the Alcoa company.

This toy was special in many ways, but the most unique aspect was the fact that Charles Eames was interested in creating a toy that did nothing.  Now, despite its name, this contraption is not a boring one.  Every piece in it moves, and looks quite beautiful while in motion, but the toy doesn’t actually have a use or a purpose beyond its cool design.  Now that’s thinking outside of the box.

Check out the Do Nothing Machine in action in the video clip below.


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