Useless Can

The Useless Can is a DIY kit consisting of 52 parts that can be assembled without any soldering. It creates a fun mechanism that makes for an excellent and original gift or as a fun present for a birthday.

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The Useless Machine in a Can – Fun Kit for Everyone was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2015 with a whopping 300% of its original goal. We are grateful to our 427 backers and 173 Amazon customers who supported our project. Our goal was to make it easy for children to assemble, and we achieved just that. The assembly process is incredibly simple and requires no soldering or complicated actions. All you need is a simple screwdriver to build the mechanism. This is the most user-friendly, useless machine you’ll ever find on the market.

The first useless machine has been invented by MIT professor Marvin Minsky, while a graduate student at Bell Labs in 1952. Sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke, after seeing it in Minsky’s office, wrote: “There is something unspeakably sinister about a machine that does nothing—absolutely nothing—except switch itself off.”

When we decided to make a Useless Machine, we wanted to do something new. This “do it yourself” contains 52 parts that do not require soldering or specific gear. Most of the assembly is done with a simple screwdriver.

In order to make mechanism as compact, light and effective as possible, we designed custom electronic components. These parts make assembling the can a lot easier. Our custom made components take care of the soldering for the user. The switch is attached to a custom made circuit board allowing the user to connect the components quickly and easily. It also simplifies the layout of the cables and prevents errors during the assembly. There is no danger of damaging any components when connecting the cables. If the cables are connected at the wrong places, mechanism will not work and won’t suffer from any damage. This makes it perfect for children since they cannot break it by accident.

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