La Machine: A New Take on Performance Art

Les Machines de L'ile by La Machine

A giant, flying greenhouse. A pair of oversized, mechanical spiders. A fairground, teaching children about pyrotechnics. These all sound like elements from a fantasy novel or future attractions at a theme park. Close, but no cigar- they’re all productions put on by La Machine. La Machine is a French production company specializing in spectacles that […]

Building the Electric Motor

One of the earliest applications of electricity was the creation of the electric motor. The first DC electric motor appeared in 1832, invented by William Sturgeon. Hippolyte Pixii is cited with creating the first AC motor around the same time. While nearly 200 years have passed, the overall design for a motor hasn’t changed.  Amazingly, […]