Picture of Aeolus - wind powered knex ball machine
It has been pretty windy around here lately, and I've always been fascinated by the whole idea of green energy, so I decided to build a wind turbine.

In my search for design ideas I eventually found this page ( http://www.stiltman.com/html/wind_power.html ) which is where I found I diagram that I used to make a vertical axis turbine. Once I had made it and it spun in the wind to my liking, I thought of possible uses for it.

One of them was making a wind powered lift for a ball machine, but the way I had it set up it couldn't lift the Knex balls (that and I only have one of them) so I used ping-pong balls instead.

BTW the lift I used was designed by I_am_Canadian

I won't be posting a full Instructable for this for a few reasons
- It's my first ball machine so it is small and simple (only four mechanisms and two paths)
- It would be difficult to describe how to make the turbine and it would cause confusion
- It's not really all that special

So without further running of my mouth, I give you Aeolus.

PS: here's the link to the vid, ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE2vMWzOI0A ).
pikmin2054 years ago
Lol i use the same ping pong balls as u do for my projects
Sorunome4 years ago
Veary good and great Idea!!!
Shadowman395 years ago
Very creative, keep it up!
TigerNod5 years ago
Awesome. The first step to Green electricity... In knex. 5 stars!
brammeke115 years ago
Thats so cool
DJ Radio5 years ago
dats rad dawg. 5 starz.
The Jamalam5 years ago
Aeolus was the ruler of the wind in greek mythology. I think that's it. Am I right?
robocrazy155 (author)  The Jamalam5 years ago
What do you mean "ruler"? I'm just trying to be clear.
Looks nice! Wanna mention that thats my lift?
robocrazy155 (author)  I_am_Canadian5 years ago
Yeah your right, that is your lift. Sorry I forgot to mention where that's from, I'll add that and a link to the video tomorrow. To answer your question every now and then the smaller balls get wedged b/w the arm of the lift and the receiver track. The lift bounces around a little then it goes back to normal.
Nice :-) I had an idea for one of these a while back, Ima try it out if I can find time.
Oblivitus5 years ago
A video would help a lot, but this is very original, 4 stars.
stale565 years ago
Was he the Greek God of Wind? And it looks perdy nifty and cool, and a video would be nice...