This Seven-Ball-Juggling Robot is Here to Put Clowns Out of Work

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Juggling isn’t an easy skill to master, especially when you up the challenge to seven balls. It’s even harder for robots to do, which is why Nathan Peterson’s automaton busker deserves more than just a handful of loose change.

Before you cry foul that Nathan’s robot really isn’t juggling because the balls are rolling up and down an inclined plane, you should keep in mind that coordinating those two hands — which use electromagnets to ‘catch’ and release the balls — is no easy feat. And eventually he does want his creation to be able to toss those balls in the air; otherwise, there’s little chance of it getting a call back after a Cirque du Soleil audition. [IMGUR - Nathan Peterson via Hackaday via Boing Boing]

This article originally appeared on Toyland, Gizmodo's toys and collectibles blog