Videos uploaded by user “Neil Fraser”
Lava Lamp in a Centrifuge
Would a Lava Lamp work on Jupiter with its higher gravity? To find out, I built a large centrifuge out of Meccano and spun up a lava lamp. For more information, visit http://neil.fraser.name/hardware/centrifuge/ Music is the finale from Riverdance by Bill Whelan.
Views: 427460 Neil Fraser
Domino Domino Logic
Create OR, AND and XOR gates out of dominoes. Replacement for TTL and CMOS. http://neil.fraser.name/
Views: 252992 Neil Fraser
DS9 Category on Jeopardy
Clip from 1994 where a contestant cleans up on questions about Star Trek Deep Space Nine.
Views: 31606 Neil Fraser
Bridge Busting 1990 - 4/6
Professor Don Westwood's final Bridge Busting event at Carleton University, Canada. Single compressive member. Heavy load with unexpected failure.
Views: 1684 Neil Fraser
Bridge Busting 1990 - 1/6
Professor Don Westwood's final Bridge Busting event at Carleton University, Canada. A prestressed bridge is tested.
Views: 5254 Neil Fraser
Teaching CS at Lê Quý Đôn
My wife and I taught Computer Science for two weeks at the Lê Quý Đôn high school in Da Nang, Vietnam. Blockly, Pascal, digital electronics, micro-controllers, ray tracing, robotics, algorithms. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2017/02/26/
Views: 634 Neil Fraser
Beverly at 9 Months
A day in the life of paternity leave with my 9 month old daughter. Update one year later: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Piro_Md0zaw Music: "Odyssey" by Kevin MacLeod.
Views: 453 Neil Fraser
Beverly at 21 months
A day in the life my 21 month old daughter. This is one year after the previous video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG_Qyy9yJ-0 Music: "Odyssey" by Kevin MacLeod.
Views: 321 Neil Fraser
Wooden Toy Box
Building a toy box for my daughter from scrap wood. "Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, Movement I (Allegro), BWV 1049" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Views: 532 Neil Fraser
Bridge Busting 1990 - 2/6
Professor Don Westwood's final Bridge Busting event at Carleton University, Canada. Kitchen sink bridge. Many different designs in one.
Views: 2070 Neil Fraser
Meccano Differential Analyzer
A video tour of Tim Robinson's Differential Analyzer. This Meccano-based analog computer was on display at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View California. For more info, see: http://www.meccano.us/differential_analyzers/robinson_da/
Views: 557 Neil Fraser
Conductive Glass
Glass is not conductive, but becomes conductive when it is molten. Conducting electricity generates heat, which maintains the molten state. This demonstration uses a blow torch to flip from one state to the other. Michael is a coworker who brings science experiments to the office every week.
Views: 1106 Neil Fraser
JavaScript Oscilloscope
Generate images on an oscilloscope (vectorscope) using nothing but JavaScript and an audio jack. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2018/01/25/
Views: 4387 Neil Fraser
Google Holiday Party 2013
Google's employee party for the Research and Knowledge department. On board the USS Hornet, a WWII aircraft carrier in Alameda California.
Views: 1064 Neil Fraser
Thao learning to ski
Took my niece to Squaw Valley to learn how to ski. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2016/02/21/
Views: 473 Neil Fraser
Robotic Bagpipe Chanter
A bagpipe chanter connected to an air compressor and computer controlled fingers. The air compressor is made from three bicycle pumps. The eight fingers are electromagnetic. A Python program reads MIDI files and sends commands out the parallel port. The robot is playing Banjo Breakdown in this video. This video was shot during RoboGames 2009 in San Francisco. http://neil.fraser.name/
Views: 18550 Neil Fraser
Meccanoid Replication Challenge
New Google engineers are challenged with replicating a 600 part Meccano robot without using instructions. This is a team-building and project management challenge. Music by Kevin MacLeod. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2016/11/14/
Views: 387 Neil Fraser
Air Compressor
This air compressor is built with three bicycle pumps and a computer power supply. For more information: http://neil.fraser.name/news/2008/12/08/ The music is "Morning Nightcap" from Lúnasa.
Views: 33028 Neil Fraser
Aerial Photography from Helium Balloon at Boing Boing Picnic
My Android phone gets strapped to a large Helium balloon at the Boing Boing picnic in Golden Gate Park. Here's the video it took from about 100 meters up.
Views: 8451 Neil Fraser
Underwater Claw (#2)
Failed attempt at using a 6m long robot claw for underwater salvage. Visibility at the bottom of San Francisco Bay is only 5 cm.
Views: 624 Neil Fraser
Lava Lamp - Time Lapse
Time lapse of a small 20oz lava lamp. Running at 36x normal speed. Music is "Fourth Dimension" by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1973). A few hours after this video was taken, the lava lamp was confiscated by airport security at SFO.
Views: 1992 Neil Fraser
Lego Slope Walker
This biped walks downhill on its own. Each downward step gives it energy to make up for what was lost to friction. Adjusting the geometry of the weights at the top changes its step size. Built from a Lego kit intended for construction of a small fork lift truck.
Views: 12677 Neil Fraser
Driving through Da Nang
Raw video of driving through Da Nang, Vietnam in 2017. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2017/02/19/
Views: 218 Neil Fraser
San Francisco to Mountain View
Cycling from SF to MTV compressed to three minutes. Major fog going through Daly City, followed by glare as the sun rises.
Views: 464 Neil Fraser
Bridge Busting 1990 - Intro
Professor Don Westwood's final Bridge Busting event at Carleton University, Canada. This is his introduction which sets out the rules.
Views: 1225 Neil Fraser
Homemade spot welder
First weld on my spot welder. Built using a microwave oven transformer. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2014/09/06/
Views: 1714 Neil Fraser
Bridge Busting 1990 - 5/6
Professor Don Westwood's final Bridge Busting event at Carleton University, Canada. Minimalist bridge. Clever use of load as part of structure.
Views: 1730 Neil Fraser
Volcano Diorama
Construction and display of a large diorama of a volcano, featuring a model train. The dog was confused. http://neil.fraser.name/news/2012/11/30/
Views: 1525 Neil Fraser
Post-it Life
Google engineers running Conway's Game of Life using post-it notes. Music is "Cheery Monday" by Kevin MacLeod.
Views: 272 Neil Fraser
Dredging San Francisco Bay
Removing the sediment next to Pier 27 in San Francisco.
Views: 1201 Neil Fraser
Lego Saturn V Build
Timelapse of building set 21309. Audio is from Apollo 17.
Views: 226 Neil Fraser
Blockly at SVG Open 2012
Building interactive environments with SVG for Google's Blockly. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2012/10/21/
Views: 32 Neil Fraser
My pet rat, Pixel.
Views: 473 Neil Fraser
Joystick with 120 degree encoders
Prototype of a joystick input device with three outputs instead of the usual X/Y outputs. This design could be used to control devices containing three controllers. Such as a vehicle with three omni-wheels. Or an airship with three tail fins. Or a hexacopter. http://neil.fraser.name/news/2011/12/16/
Views: 2933 Neil Fraser
DocEng 2011 Teaser
Join us at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California for the eleventh annual Document Engineering conference. 19 - 22 September 2011 http://documentengineering.org/
Views: 598 Neil Fraser
Google Hackly 2016
Hackly is a code camp for Googlers and their families. Held at irregular intervals, it features robots, programming, and technology. This year we had over 100 children build Meccanoid G15 robots. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2016/10/28/
Views: 233 Neil Fraser
Blockly Cookie Cutter
Creating a cookie cutter in the shape of a block from Blockly. Music is from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, played by a Thorens music box. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2014/09/13/
Views: 448 Neil Fraser
Conservative Toddler
My daughter is a Republican.
Views: 263 Neil Fraser
Underwater Claw (#1)
Failed attempt at using a 6m long robot claw for underwater salvage. Watch as the water floods the webcam and shorts it out.
Views: 778 Neil Fraser
Jacob's Ladder
A high voltage traveling arc, generated by a neon sign transformer. http://neil.fraser.name/news/2012/12/15/
Views: 721 Neil Fraser
ArcAttack Dr Who
Two 500,000 volt solid state Tesla coils performing the Dr Who theme. The coils aren't in sync with the music, the coils are producing the music. A suit of chain mail protects the conductor.
Views: 623 Neil Fraser
Bridge Busting 1990 - 3/6
Professor Don Westwood's final Bridge Busting event at Carleton University, Canada. King post bridge. Student completely fails to understand tension.
Views: 1827 Neil Fraser
Thao's Sword Dance
Thao learning the sword dance with me. She had no prior dance experience, and ten minutes later we get this. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2014/08/02/
Views: 223 Neil Fraser
Beverly's New Stool
Beverly's grandfather send her a stool. This is the unboxing.
Views: 162 Neil Fraser
Building a Library (2/4): The Floor
I'm building a library in our home. This video covers construction of the floor. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2018/07/23/
Views: 66 Neil Fraser
Building a Library (4/4): Finishing up
I'm building a library in our home. This video covers the electrical, hand rails, furniture, and painting. https://neil.fraser.name/news/2018/08/06/
Views: 76 Neil Fraser
Quynh's Noogler hat
For both lift and cooling.
Views: 699 Neil Fraser
Galaxy Quest @ WonderCon: 1 of 5
It's been 23 years since the best sci-fi TV series of the 80s, Galaxy Quest, first debuted on television, and now our panel of Questsperts discuss their favourite episodes, whatever happened to the cast, and the future for the franchise. Although the series has been dormant for two decades (despite some bad JN/AD slash fiction and old VHS and laserdiscs), there's always hope for the future. Never give up, never surrender! Featuring Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), Daren Dochterman (VFX, ST: TMP Director's Cut), and Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, Big Guy & Rusty the Boy Robot).
Views: 1186 Neil Fraser
Trammel of Archimedes
A mechanism that draws ovals. See here for photographs of the build: https://neil.fraser.name/news/2016/12/28/
Views: 581 Neil Fraser
Bridge Busting 1990 - 6/6
Professor Don Westwood's final Bridge Busting event at Carleton University, Canada. Queen post bridge. Yes, that's me.
Views: 2046 Neil Fraser