Friday, September 23, 2005

Mechanical Switch

One Hundred Sixteenth Post: Mechanical Switch

There are a lot of design problems out there, but most require scientific knowledge or higher mathematics. Sometimes we forget how solutions can come from simple methods. That is not to say the problem is easy. It just means the problem has a practical solution.

It is hard to find such problems and define them to make a brain teaser, but I am going to post to a problem I have been trying to find the simplest solution to for sometime. It was in my sketchbook on a scrap piece of paper. It appears to be a little complicated in the write up, but look at the picture. These things are sometimes complicated to describe in words. I tried to simplify it as much as possible, but once you read the problem a couple of times it should begin to make sense.

I did not write all the details of the solution yet. I am starting by presenting the problem. I will probably add hints as time progresses. There is a simple solution to the problem. It may be a little tricky to find. It probably isn’t the only solution though. I will post the problem tonight. So put your thinking caps on. And in the meantime... May the Creative Force be with You


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