Spirit of Rube Goldberg lives on with Platform 21 Breakfast Machine

Japanese-born, London-based artists Yuri Suzuki and Masa Kumura have been channelling their inner Rube Goldberg to come up with a breakfast machine — a more sophisticated version than the one on offer here. Inspired by Hollywood characters such as Pee-Wee Herman and Dr Emmett Brown, Suzuki and Kumura's version can make omelettes, squeeze oranges and even spread butter and jam on toast.

The machine was built over 11 days, with the help of the general public, at the Platform 21 exhibition center in Amsterdam, (not to be confused with Hamsterdam) and uses household objects such as alarm clocks and record players. Most of the gear was bought at car boot sales and cost the artists less than $1,500. It does beg the question, however, which daily chore would you like to see made easier — and more fun — thanks to a Rube Goldberg creation?

This breakfast machine is altogether more sophisticated than Caractacus Potts' steampunk version, but my question is, can Suzuki and Kumura dance and sing like Dick Van Dyck? Probably not. You can see a taste of the machine in the video below the gallery.

Via Daily Mail