MachinePix Weekly #39

This week's most popular post was a monkey using a brain-machine interface 🐵🖥 Next week's interview: the Director of Engineering at Peloton 🚴🏾‍♀️

Next week’s interview guest is Alfred Jones, the Senior Director of Engineering for Peloton. There haven’t been many breakout consumer hardware companies in recent memory, and Peloton is one of the clear exceptions.

Alfred previously led mechanical engineering teams for Lyft Level 5, Fitbit, Amazon, and Motorola Mobility—and shares a mechanical engineer’s learnings from making reliable hardware and scale (for an electrical engineer’s perspective, check out last week’s interview with Shyam).

The most popular post this week by a huge margin (5M+ impressions) was Neuralink’s demo of a macaque named Pager playing pong with a brain-machine interface.

I’m always looking for interesting people to interview, have anyone in mind?

Kane


The Week in Review

Uncapping is the first step in processing honey. As expected given the messy, organic nature of honey processing, these machines (and downstream machines) tend to use stocky, easy to replace, low precision parts.


Welcome to the weird world of superheavy crawler cranes.


This video is from 야미보이 Yummyboy, a Korean YouTube channel about food with 3.7M+ subscribers that takes food porn to the next level.


I couldn’t identify the manufacturer, but one follower is convinced it’s BÖWE SYSTEC because he they showed this as a demo video. Magnetic or pneumatic divert switches can be used to move the shoes depending on the system.


Postscript

Two wildly different eras of motorcycles: David on a Ural sidecar which has been basically unchanged since 1942, and me on an electric Zero SR/F.

If you enjoyed this newsletter, forward it to friends (and interesting enemies). I am always looking to connect with interesting people and learn about interesting machines—reach out.

—Kane