Crowdsourcing Mornings: UGEARS: Self-Moving Mechanical Models


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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

How many of us play games on our tablets? It feels as if you pull a cable or twist a handle. While what your finger actually senses, is a smooth touchscreen. What do you think about an idea to actually feel, experience the real mechanics in action?  The project helps people to understand the principles of mechanics through the self-assembly of motion models.  UGEARS realized the idea of modular mechanical models in which everything is real. It is absolutely fascinating to see the true mechanical miracle coming to life in your hands giving you a glorious feeling of creation.

The kit has all you need for assembly: a set of high-quality plywood boards with precisely cutout parts, detailed step-by-step instructions, and additional details. The quality and accuracy of the parts is very high due to a laser cut method they employ.  You need no glue to put UGEARS models together, which makes watching it working and moving even more exciting. You can assemble them at home on the table. All you need is your own hands, patience, and assembly instructions.  They put a special meaning and ideas in each of their models. The Timer ticks away the time. The Tractor rides alone with a busily rattling. The Locomotive is a mechanical embodiment of power and movement. It is not just a construction they wanted to create but a piece of art that will bring the beautiful world of mechanics closer and make it more comprehensible. They give people what they miss – the feel of real motion, real mechanics that they make work by themselves.

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As of December 9th, this project has raised around $170,000 of their $20,000 goal. This project only has 20 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $17, you will get one model tractor.  For a pledge of $22, you will get one model timer.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/978262034/ugears-self-moving-mechanical-models

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