The Human-sized Hamster Wheel Video Trailer

Hamster Wheel Trailer

In these days I’m putting together an explanatory short film of my Human-Sized Hamster wheel, using all the videos I shot during the four days exhibition last November. A photo posted by adr_mex (@adr_mex) on Jan 20, 2016 at 4:33pm PST Browsing through the videos I found many scenes, which I won’t probably use in the final version. The following…
The wheel at the exhibition

(Hand)work in progress: day 5 and final show!

Yesterday I finished the wheel, just on time for the exhibition! I spent all day basically creating the reinforcement of the base which needed to be much more sturdy to support many people running. Furthermore, I had to fix the bike to the wheel, which I made in the very end thanks to the support of the technicians of the…
First test of Human-sized Hamster Wheel

(Hand)work in progress: day 4

Today I finished the wheel and it work…ed. Unfortunately, the bolts on which I sticked the skateboard wheels resulted too weak as soon as I tried it a few times and they started to bend slightly, impeding any further rotation of the wheel. For this reason I decided to replace these bolts M8 with a threaded rod M10 which would…
Handwork in progress - Day 3

(Hand)work in progress: day 3

Today I started putting the slates together and the wheel started to take its shape! The job has been easy, but quite boring. The most difficult thing was to find a good driller to screw in all those 80mm wood screws. It rotates fine and hopefully it will hold the weight of a person, honestly I haven’t had the courage…
Cutting the pipes - Building the Human-sized Hamster Wheel

(Hand)work in progress: day 2

On Friday I built the base of the wheel. It took me the whole day, but in the, just 10 minutes before the 3D workshop closing time I screwed in the last bolt which completed the base. The most difficult part has been surely cutting the aluminum pipes precisely and of the right measure, which by the way still has…
Clamps - Building the Human-sized Hamster Wheel

(Hand)work in progress: day 1

Today, at only 6 days from the Final Postgraduate Show I started building the wheel. I had to wait for the wood to be cut with the Waterjet, but most of all I couldn’t really start the construction before, the complete wheel would have been too big to be stored anywhere for a long period. The first steps have been…
App code for the Hamster Wheel

App development

At the very bottom of the app are three hall effect sensors and a magnet stuck on the wheel. From this connection it’s possible to establish when and how often a rotation happens, and so the speed of the user running/walking on the wheel. The mechanism is very simple: a magnet gives an input each time that passes by a…
The Human-sized Hamster Wheel Render


Here are two renders representing the complete structure of the wheel with the various connections. The next challenge is to actually build it, I wish I could just 3D print this……
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