unworkable devices

Museum of Unworkable Devices – a celebration of fascinating devices that don’t work. It houses diverse examples of the perverse genius of inventors who refused to let their thinking be intimidated by the laws of nature, remaining optimistic in the face of repeated failures. Watch and be amazed as we bring to life eccentric and even intricate perpetual motion machines that have remained steadfastly unmoving since their inception. Marvel at the ingenuity of the human mind, as it reinvents the square wheel in all of its possible variations.

Do It
Challenges for you to work on…

  • pick any one of the devices features on this site and work out why it can’t work. You may have to go elsewhere to get information about the physical properties of the design that make the device impossible or unable to perform as the inventor intended.