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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The man with 1,000 Klein Bottles UNDER his house - Numberphile

The man with 1,000 Klein Bottles UNDER his house - Numberphile

Klein bottles are kind of fun, like a Mobius strip. Unlike a Mobius strip they aren't really good for anything, at least not that I know of. But the video isn't really about Kein Bottles, it's more about compact warehousing and homemade warehouse robots. Reminds me of an automated package delivery system. You don't really need a big fat truck to deliver a five pound package, or even a 50 pound package. Some cities, notably Paris, has pneumatic tubes for sending messages. London has a miniature railroad for transporting the mail.

Video via Iaman.


Ole Phat Stu said...

Objection! Möbius strips have a number of real world uses.
Large Möbius strips have a use as conveyor belts that last longer because the entire surface area of the belt gets the same amount of wear, and as continuous-loop recording tapes (to double the playing time).

You can use them to make inductionless resistors for specialised electronic applications too.


Charles Pergiel said...

Yes, Mobius strips are useful. It's the Klein bottles that aren't.