Snoozing an iPhone alarm isn't usually this complicated. Photo: Joseph's Machines/Casetify
To snooze a wake-up alarm on your iPhone, you can tap the screen or press any button. Or you might build an elaborate mechanism that spans most of your bedroom and sends the handset on a wild adventure. That’s what one inventor recently did.
The Rube Goldberg device is the creation of Joseph Herscher, who makes them for a living.
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Rube Goldberg machines are fun, over-engineered contraptions designed to complete a simple task. The one Herscher created to snooze an iPhone involves a toy car, a toy train, a toy tank, a broom, a hammer, a bucket of water and a catapult.
He calls it “A Machine to Destroy an iPhone?!” The process is deliberately violent because the video is a collaboration with Casetify, and [spoiler alert] the iPhone survives the punishment – including flying out a second-story window – because it is protected by that company’s Bounce Case.
Fans of Rube Goldberg devices should check out more of Herscher’s creations on his website, Joseph’s Machines. The Londoner says his goal is to “solve everyday problems using familiar objects in unfamiliar ways.”
Plus, there’s a behind-the-scenes video from Casetify showing how he made his latest iPhone-torturing creation.
David Pierini contributed to this article.