How a Harvard Professor Makes Transforming Toys & Designs | WIRED

  • Published on Nov 29, 2018
  • Chuck Hoberman's eponymous sphere is one of the best-loved toys of the last quarter century. But it's only one example of his incredible work in transformable design. From adaptive nanotech to flexible building materials, Hoberman has created surprising and inventive designs at every scale.
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Comments • 835

  • arvs santy
    arvs santy 8 hours ago

    woww wtf

    JYODHISH 2 days ago

    So we'll be seeing megazords sooner...

  • Alee
    Alee 4 days ago

    What is the toy called?

  • Alee
    Alee 4 days ago

    Smart people are the coolest

  • combinatory play
    combinatory play 6 days ago

    what is the plastic sheet he is using called? at 5.53

  • Sheryl Liu
    Sheryl Liu 17 days ago +1

    3:05 There's me in the background!

  • AriPhon
    AriPhon 18 days ago

    Thank you Wired for interviewing me
    I love doing transformation things

  • Billie FairyPrincess


  • Jesus Is0urSAVi0r!
    Jesus Is0urSAVi0r! Month ago

    That ball has a Pentagram symbol in it! That's on purpose I bet. It could be a Occultic ritual when u play with the toy.

  • AK Sour God
    AK Sour God 2 months ago

    Love videos like this. Especially when “1” person has impacted so many lives with his passion. Dope stuff.

  • katesaccount
    katesaccount 2 months ago

    wait i'd love to see someone make something like his except in minecraft. piston door like that would be insane. and maybe impossible? good luck, if you are going to try it.

  • DeadSilent87
    DeadSilent87 2 months ago

    This guy is amazing what a legend he's going to transform our world into something greater brilliant man

  • jupiter is a bean
    jupiter is a bean 2 months ago

    this man is brilliant

  • u2bst1nks
    u2bst1nks 3 months ago

    Always blue! always blue! always blue!

  • ZimmMr
    ZimmMr 3 months ago

    I always wondered who's the genius behind the liberty museum centerpiece.... Inspired me as a kid to learn mechanics and physics!

  • XratedSippyCup
    XratedSippyCup 3 months ago

    This guy will build the real world Jindosh Clockwork Mansion

  • أحمد الباسل
    أحمد الباسل 3 months ago


  • Mister006
    Mister006 3 months ago

    His design approach will make the moon base and any future mars base possible

  • Dewa Aiws
    Dewa Aiws 3 months ago

    Soooo cooooolllllll

  • Nobody Business
    Nobody Business 3 months ago

    Now this guy is a hero

  • Pyrite the *Fake*
    Pyrite the *Fake* 3 months ago

    imagine one day where we can have disaster proof houses using thiese methods

  • Retwin Hunter
    Retwin Hunter 3 months ago

    4:22 it make me think about Kirin Jindosh in Dishonored 2 with the mechanical mansion.

  • Munazil
    Munazil 3 months ago

    And people wonder why we like Mathematics

  • ThΞKnight
    ThΞKnight 4 months ago

    NASA should hire him.

  • heloo 88
    heloo 88 4 months ago

    okay what is called??a want to know the name

    • heloo 88
      heloo 88 4 months ago

      I**sorry I feel sleepy

  • Michael Collins
    Michael Collins 4 months ago

    How to waste a lifetime with "ideas" that best usages are toys.

  • Xxspaceman85xX
    Xxspaceman85xX 4 months ago

    If she never tried to climb I one of those spheres she’s too young for you bro.

  • Valia P
    Valia P 4 months ago

    Imagine no one will be homeless in the future. You just press a button and your clothes pop into your house.

  • Gamers best friend
    Gamers best friend 4 months ago

    I mean a Harvard professor is one the hardest jobs to get I can imagine one of them doing stuff like he did and even better

  • Devan Devan
    Devan Devan 4 months ago +2

    If this guy gets his hands on enerjon...

  • addix 187
    addix 187 4 months ago

    very nice toys to play on lsd with and get ur brain wasted xD

  • creator Space
    creator Space 4 months ago

    It's done well.

  • Maplemuffin
    Maplemuffin 4 months ago

    I thought the video ended with multiple video selection screen at 0:41.

  • *DeathASUNA *
    *DeathASUNA * 4 months ago +1

    Honestly, my iq is too low to even know 1/4 of what was said in this entire video

  • Swan Htet
    Swan Htet 4 months ago

    Always blue! Always blue!

  • Klab
    Klab 4 months ago


  • Tommy Drako
    Tommy Drako 4 months ago +1

    he's a well renowned wizard he teaches at muggle university!!!

    • elliepuckalo
      elliepuckalo 4 months ago +1

      This is North America, we call them No-Maj. its a No-Maj university.

  • H20 Souls
    H20 Souls 4 months ago

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  • Julie Marie C
    Julie Marie C 4 months ago

    i guess you could say we.... Likey?

  • Steve Jarvis
    Steve Jarvis 4 months ago

    It's honestly a breath of fresh air to see there's still smart people in the world.

  • mixed emotion
    mixed emotion 4 months ago

    The first spere shown can be used to make a small tablet which when put into veins can increase in size and function as stents to reduce heart attacks.

  • Ashu Rao
    Ashu Rao 4 months ago


  • Ben
    Ben 4 months ago


  • Fantasmic Art 2312
    Fantasmic Art 2312 4 months ago

    I just call the toy sphere an Interactive Explosion of an Atom

  • D Bee
    D Bee 4 months ago

    I love his honest answer for why he does what he does. I think most tinkerers will agree....while there are certainly practical and maybe even financial motivations to why they attempt these projects, the real answer is because they enjoy it. There is an ineffable sense of stirring satisfaction that comes when inventors and tinkerers jostle, bounce, and connect ideas in their head. Then, to see that idea come to life...ahhhh, there's a sense of pride there that is hard to describe....and I am sure any creative person would agree.

  • Torrin sksksk
    Torrin sksksk 4 months ago

    I went to the liberty science center for my 6th grade field trip

  • MrNicofrog
    MrNicofrog 4 months ago

    Wait didn't Buckminster fuller already invent that sphere ,and called the the dymaxion sphere?

    • MrNicofrog
      MrNicofrog 4 months ago

      as in

  • Raven Ociset
    Raven Ociset 4 months ago

    He's amazinggg.

  • darin moon
    darin moon 4 months ago

    Dr. incredible

  • Jackmerius Tacktheritrix
    Jackmerius Tacktheritrix 4 months ago +4

    Me in 2045: Stubs toe on chair leg*
    My Chair: Transforms into a bed!

  • Abhay “AkA RoBo”
    Abhay “AkA RoBo” 4 months ago

    Exploring what’s there in nature.hats of to u

  • myjamismeme
    myjamismeme 4 months ago

    i really think that this could be the key to many inventions and things in the future...

  • Badei Bataineh
    Badei Bataineh 4 months ago


  • Carlos Alfonso
    Carlos Alfonso 4 months ago

    Does anyone else get in this thing when they were young?

  • R. H
    R. H 4 months ago +1

    Cause it makes me happy.

  • Alix90955 Alix90955
    Alix90955 Alix90955 4 months ago

    This man will make the first transformer

  • Just some nobody
    Just some nobody 4 months ago +1

    I had the sphere ball when I was young that means 6 year's ago

  • Anonymous X7z1
    Anonymous X7z1 4 months ago

    this guy will create the transformers one day

  • Desi Reuben-Sealey
    Desi Reuben-Sealey 4 months ago +2

    Optimus Prime...."I'm a transformer"
    Chuck Hoberman..."hold my beer"

  • MHD ChiBo
    MHD ChiBo 4 months ago

    How? Because he Can