Rest your thumb and use the mechanical flipbook

Remember how, when we were kids, we’d do stuff like doodle stick figures on the corners of blank notebooks so you can flip a thumb through and watch your doodles get animated? Artists Wendy Marvel and Mark Arnon Rosen created a mechanical flipbook, which is just like that, except that it replaces the book and thumb with a box of flip cards and a motor that rotates a spindle. It was first unveiled at this year’s Maker Faire, and now the project has already fetched a handsome sum of over $132,000 to produce DIY kits on Kickstarter, more than double its $5,000 goal.

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