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Art, Writing, and Learning: The Clerisy Quarter => Arts, Crafts, Music & Drama - The Artisans' Guilds => Topic started by: Glaurung on June 29, 2019, 01:56:40 AM

Title: A new and improved device for opening a bottle of wine
Post by: Glaurung on June 29, 2019, 01:56:40 AM
This is something that I first saw on the 'Net some years ago; I was reminded of it today, and was rewarded handsomely when I sought it out. It's described as "mechanical sculpture": a quarter-ton machine composed of 382 pieces, for opening a bottle of wine and pouring out a glass. Here it is in action:
There's another recording here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf_2E-J44bY) (same event, different run) and here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa2JQkuRWik) (different event + different operator = different explanation).

Its inventor is Rob Higgs - his YouTube channel (http://YouTube channel) has more videos of this and his other exuberantly engineered creations. I also found a potted biography (http://www.oneofone.org.uk/rob_bio.html) for those who'd like to know a little more about him.
Title: Re: A new and improved device for opening a bottle of wine
Post by: Jubal on June 29, 2019, 09:24:46 AM
Truly, the Georgian verb of bottle-opening - grossly over-engineered for the job but also really quite cool :)
Title: Re: A new and improved device for opening a bottle of wine
Post by: Son of the King on June 29, 2019, 10:38:24 AM
This is really cool, I kind of want one. I'd also like to see an industrial scale version for catering or something that is steam powered.
Title: Re: A new and improved device for opening a bottle of wine
Post by: Jubal on July 06, 2019, 10:47:38 PM
Might need modification other than just scale for wider use - e.g. can it do refills?
Title: Re: A new and improved device for opening a bottle of wine
Post by: Glaurung on July 07, 2019, 02:52:15 PM
Might need modification other than just scale for wider use - e.g. can it do refills?
One of the audience asked about this at the end of one of the videos. Apparently, yes, it can do further glasses / refills - presumably it will run happily with a bottle that's already open. But it still has to go through the full cycle, because much of what it's doing is winding up a weight and a spring to provide the energy to lift the bottle and pour it.
Title: Re: A new and improved device for opening a bottle of wine
Post by: Jubal on July 07, 2019, 04:22:07 PM
Mm, makes sense. So fine in one sense, but somewhat inefficient :)
Title: Re: A new and improved device for opening a bottle of wine
Post by: Glaurung on July 07, 2019, 04:50:25 PM
Something gives me the impression that pure efficiency might not have been an important design criterion for this...