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Why Knot? Seth Goldstein's tie-tying robot


February 1, 2011

Seth Goldstein's tie-tying robot

Seth Goldstein's tie-tying robot

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Seth Goldstein must hate doing up his ties even more than I do. I changed my lifestyle about four years ago so I'd never have to wear one again, but Goldstein has put countless hundreds of hours into designing a robot that can do the job for him. The 'Why Knot?' kinetic sculpture is hypnotic to watch, as the video after the jump shows – and it makes you wonder at the marvel of our human machinery when you see how difficult this simple task is for a purpose-built robot to replicate. Oh, and when you watch it in double-speed, it also sounds a bit like glitch techno music. Very cool.

Sadly, the Why Knot? machine can only make the basic 'four in hand' tie knot – fans of the Pratt, half Windsor or full Windsor knot will have to built their own robots.

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Paul Anthony
2nd February, 2011 @ 07:26 am PST

Don't you mean "kitch"?

2nd February, 2011 @ 10:32 am PST

I have to agree with you...I changed my lifestyle so I would be able to wear a Hawaiian shirt every day...can't wear a tie with a Hawaiian shirt now, can you?

3rd February, 2011 @ 04:44 pm PST
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