Rube Goldberg Meets Parkour's Jason Paul to Make the Most Awesome Human-Powered Freerunning Machine (Video)

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You know the Rube Goldberg machine: a series of chain reactions, usually involving bowling balls and other found objects rigged into mechanical devices, that trigger one another to do some menial task in the end. You’ve seen them in music videos, on io9, and at Maker Faires, but have you seen one at such a grand scale that actual humans are cogs in the machine?

That’s just what German Red Bull-sponsored parkour freerunner Jason Paul proposed in the Ultimate Human-Powered Freerunning Machine. It starts off smalll, like a Rube Goldberg machine you may have seen before, but it gradually escalates to a stunt-filled obstacle course that uses Paul as a component of the chain reactions, as he jumps, flips, swings, and dodges through a maze of clunky mechanisms:

In the end, he could have easily just turned on the television by walking up to it and pushing a button (or using a remote control), but that wouldn’t be as fun or exhilarating, would it?

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