This Rube Goldberg Basketball Machine Has Enough Tricks to Be a Harlem Globetrotter

By Andrew Liszewski on at

It seems not even basketball court jester is a job that’s safe from from the rise of the machines. Students from Georgia Tech University in the US built a giant Rube Goldberg contraption that’s capable of reproducing many of the Harlem Globetrotters’ most crowd-pleasing tricks; from spinning a ball on a finger, to simply sinking baskets.

As fun as the machine to watch in action, there’s definitely a little sadness at play, particularly when you consider all those young people studying basketball horseplay who could find themselves without an industry by the time they graduate. Here’s to hoping they’re also considering Rube Goldberg engineering so they have something to fall back on.

[YouTube via Popular Mechanics]

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