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JAck in the box toy Answered

Has anyone hacked a Jack in the box? I've spent 2 hrs with paper drawing up mechanisms, but it'd be nice to see what they use for the toys without buying one. Any help? Greg

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Watershed (author)2007-11-22

Hey folks, thanks. I'm actually working on building some larger ones as sculpture. So I may end up with a more complicated gear/wheel set up to do the popping. I'm thinking 4 different "Jacks", but in maybe a 4ft cube. Greg

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chaoscampbell (author)2007-11-19
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Goodhart (author)chaoscampbell2007-11-20

I have to agree with Kiteman, it isn't like we would be depriving the world of a necessary tool that will cause detriment to the world because of it's loss. Hacking is about "learning how it works". Find a 1/2 dollar J-inna-box at a garage sale and have fun ! I kick myself every time I realize I had access to one of the ultimate "Rube Goldberg machines" ever to exist in the commercial world.....the punch card interpreter. I could pull the panel off one of those and watch all the gears and levers for minutes on end. . All mechanical workings, save a few resistors and motors, took a "reading" of he holes and then printed the interpretation onto the top of the cards. It was fantastic to watch.

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Goodhart (author)2007-11-19

There really isn't much to them. The crank turns a musical "music box like" mechanism and at a predetermined spot the latch is flipped by a tab that opens the top. With the top up unlatched, the spring pushed jack skyward :-) Guess that makes him a High Jack, then.

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