The Wintergatan Marble Machine is a wacky, whimsical musical instrument (Tomorrow Daily)A huge music box-like device plays music using 2,000 marbles; plus, researchers show off a stretchable circuit that might someday evolve into robotic skin.
[MUSIC] Greetings citizens of the Internet, welcome to Tomorrow Daily. The best geek talk show in the known universe. I'm Jeff Cannata. And I'm Ashley Esqueda. Are you ready for some rapid fire headlines? Let's do this. All right, the EPFL is developing a technology that can be stretchable, potentially Bioscanned in the future. Flexible electronics have been popping up here and there in screens, and other devices that we've seen. But this is expandable circuitry that can Still function after being stretched up to four times its original length. A liquid metal combo of gold of gallium makes this concept possible with the gold keeping the gallium from separating into droplets, and the gallium conducting the electricity. The material can be stretched, twisted, and folded and still send currents properly. Potential uses for the technology include prosthetic skin Where you can get your feeling back in your hand if you lose it. Kind of amazing. And also robot skin. That's awesome but I feel like it's gonna expensive because it's made of gold. You literally have gold skin. Gold nerves, you'd have gold and gallium nerves. Wow, amazing. It's kind of amazing stuff, but I would wanna see how they develop that going forward. For sure. And now, for something completely different. This is the Wintergatan marble machine from Swedish musician Martin Molan. It's a humongous music box that's played with 2,000 marbles. Yes. There are multiple instruments on board including a vibraphone, Bass, kick drums, a cymbal, and more. They activate as the marbles move through the machine. All 3,000 parts had to be designed and built from scratch, taking a year and a half to complete. This process is documented pretty thoroughly on YouTube, too, so you can check it out, and see how the machine was made. Can't tour with this thing though. It's to big and intricate. Looks very fragile too. But's it's amazing. Yeah, this is pretty incredible stuff. I just saw this, and it brought me so much joy. I like seeing stuff like this get built. Did this guy lose his marble? No, they're all inside. They're all inside his music box. He'll never lose them. What store do you wanna talk about on Thursday? I think it would be fun to talk more about this Music Box, see how it was made a little bit. And maybe talk more about how crazy- Future instruments. Instruments can get, yeah. A couple of future instruments. If you guys have any future instruments you want to see us go look for and research, you could use the hashtag #HEYTD. Yeah that's how you shout at us on social media. If you say something fun and cool Interesting, well incorporated into our discussion on Thursday when we deep dive into these stories. Indeed we will and with that being said, let's check out our phonetographer for the day. [MUSIC] Today's phonetographer for the day is Jason who took this fabulous shot with his NEXUS 6P. He writes, hi Ashley, Jeff, and producer Logan. My name is Jason, I love the show. And I've been watching for a while now. The new format with the shorts and deep dive is great. Aw, thank you Jason. [NOISE] This picture was taken on my Nexus 6P at Ski Beach, North Carolina. YOu have my full permission to use the photo. Have a great day Is that kind of an oxymoron, ski beach? Yeah, I wanna go to a ski beach. I wanna go to a beach where I can ski. That is really cool. That's pretty cool. I like that. That is a great shot. It looks really good. It seems a little cold. We don't know what that is, but We've never heard of cold. Or snow. We know what beaches are, though. We do, we are familiar with beaches, but not ones you can ski on. If you guys wanna send in your phonetography please email us, firstname.lastname@example.org. Yes, make sure to tell us what device you took it on, give us a little story about why you took that picture. And give us permission to use it on the show. You can also find us all over social media. We're pretty fancy. We are. [LAUGH] Mostly on Twitter. We are very fancy. Come find us. We're lots of fun. And with that being said, we will be back tomorrow with our deep dive episode, We have Liam McIntyre. Spartacus, you might know him from Spartacus. He's got a Kickstarter. He loves table top gaming. He's got all kind of stuff going on we're going to be talking to him. I like this guy. We're going to be talking to him, and for the ladies he is attractive. Definitely tune in. [LAUGH] And that being said We will see you guys tomorrow, but until then. Be a good human. Bye. [SOUND] [MUSIC]