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Complex Mechanisms Explained In Simple Animations

Image Credit:Tony Hisgett

As humans, we no longer just want to know something exists. We want to know why it exists, how it exists, and take it apart to figure out how it works. Thanks to the internet age and the vast array of knowledge available to us here, the most curious of us can finally find out how everything works. Sometimes it is simple physics, and other times, complex engineering, but either way, we love to get a look inside.

Over at GadgetsWow there is a great article that shows how complex mechanisms work, and they achieve this by using simple, gif animations. Things as normally complicated as a constant velocity joint suddenly makes sense to you in about a second's time. Funny to think how the eye processes differently than the brain. Were you reading a book on that subject, you would need hundreds of pages. But in looking at it, you need but seconds.

Our brains are pretty complex mechanisms themselves, huh?

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I think most, if not all, of those animations were just lifted from Wikipedia/Wikimedia. In which case you could just link to their Animations of machinery category, where some people have put some serious effort in creating illustrations of how various things work. At least then you can get links to actual articles on it, as opposed to just a couple single-line bad summaries.
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