MachinePix Weekly #43

This week's most popular post was a Disney robot. Next week's interview: the CEO of Vestaboard and the challenges of recreating the split-flap display.

Next week’s interview guest is Dorrian Porter, the CEO of Vestaboard and Chairman of the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.

Vestaboard is a modern version of the deliciously analog split-flap displays you may have seen in train stations and airports. We’ll explore the history and challenges of designing split-flap displays.

The most popular post this week was a Baby Groot robot by Disney Research. Disney’s Imagineers have a ton of incredible work in robotics.

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


The Week in Review

I’m not sure what I expected a tulip planter to look like but it wasn’t this.

Butter and paper are devilishly tricky materials to handle, and this machine does both.

I never get tired of watching IFRs. Previously I posted a terrifying incident saved by a pilot’s quick reflexes, and a flight instructor silently judging a student pilot that just wasn’t getting it.

Metal foundry vehicles are something else.


Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, who inspired my love for machines and engineering.

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.