K'Nex lamps offer a combination of
light and motion. K'Nex are plastic Tinker Toy like connectors and
rods, but there are
also gears, chains, pulleys, wheels and axles. When combined with
conventional bulbs, sockets and a bit of wiring, they can make
There are now three K'Nex lamps. There were two wall mounted lamps, The
Original K'Nex Lamp
and The Remote
Control K'Nex Lamp
. Now there is a new table lamp, Promenade for Julia
There is also a Kenner Girder and Panel Lamp
which gives a very soft light and offers a touch of retro style.
Promenade for Julia
This is a small table lamp or desk
lamp. It gives off a soft glowing
light, and it presents a promenade of crazy creatures strolling under
the whirling umbrellas. It was designed as a birthday present for Julia.
Roll your mouse over the picture
above to see how it looks in the dark.
See the complete Promenade for Julia movie in Quicktime (8.6MB).
The Original K'Nex Lamp
The K'Nex lamp has two
60 watt incandescent lamps controlled by a dimmer and an on/off switch
for the K'Nex motor. The lamp has a number of moving elements,
including a radar scanner, a double helix, flapping wings, and an
animated chain suggested by the bridge in Miyazaki's Spirited Away
If you have a Quicktime
viewer on your system , you can see the lamp in motion:
- a short snippet
- the full cycle
The Remote Control K'Nex Lamp
This lamp is has a single 60 watt bulb for illumination and two servo
motors controlled by a K'Nex dragster remote control radio handset.
Yes, really. You can drive the main "ferris wheel" forward or backwards
and you can drive the top mounted radio clockwise or counter clockwise
with the touch of a lever, even from across the room.
If you would like one of these lamps for your own home, drop us a line
. We can make one up for
or we can send you a kit and let you build your own.
K'Nex is a trademark of K'Nex
Check out their website
conventional K'Nex sculpture.
Other K'Nex Links
- some amazing constructions
Nahabedian's K'Nex Page
- an old friend and Digicomp fan from MIT
days is into K'Nex
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