Here’s a gadget that lets you flip a switch and win gumballs based on your trivia expertise. Ed Brinkhoff, Ethan Franck, Brent Mackenzie, and Taylor Steinbaugh -- engineering students in the Colorado State University Mechanical Engineering program -- have created a device that lets you scan your hand and answer some questions using a touchscreen. Gumballs come down three different crazy paths for each correct answer.
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For some reason I am always smiling when I look at these kinds of contraptions that include these Rube Goldberg type characteristics. I don't know where this fascination comes from but it seems it is more widespread than i first suspected. I remember another game, Mouse Trap I think, that had some of this same kind of appeal.
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