Two of the biggest names in Japanese amateur science have got together here. Gakken's Otona no Kagaku "adult science" series has helped thousands of eager engineers build a massive range of gadgets and machines over the years, while Maywa Denki bridges a unique territory between music, toys, science and performance art. What happens when the two come together? Well, the 41st issue of Otona no Kagaku magazine, a set including a kit to make yourself your own Maywa Denki Automa-te Auto Writer Hand.
Build this mini "Autopen"-like contraption and it can actually write things! The original name in Japanese is "Automa-te", which is a pun on "automaton" and "te" (hand in Japanese), and also sounds like "automate". It is inspired by pantographic machines and the automata of the likes of Pierre Jaquet-Droz, with some of the original and inventive fun of Maywa Denki thrown into the mix.
It uses three cams to write phrases in different scripts and one picture, though with some ingenuity and skill there's nothing to stop you from creating your own cams. While the instructions and magazine are also in Japanese only, diagrams and engineering curiosity should be enough to help you construct this fun gizmo, plus there are guides online.
The Otona no Kagaku Maywa Denki Automa-te Auto Writer Hand features:
- Volume 41 in series, includes magazine
- Build-it-yourself kit
- Three cams for writing three phrases/images
- Mook/magazine only in Japanese