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Soft-Shoe Shuffle on a Hot Plate, is a
method for indicating the actual
temperature of the hot rings on an
It consists of a small metal figure, male
or female, equipped with heat proof
dancing shoes. The figure is attached to
an extendable arm, so that it can be
into position, causing it to rest on
top of any of the hot plates.
As the plate heats up the figure begins to
dance, because its feet contain
temperature sensors, and its body
conceals the mechanism of an automata.
For a low temperature setting, the figure
does a gentle soft shoe shuffle, but as
the heat rises it begins to engage in a
frantic tap dance, finally increasing in
tempo until full blown Irish dancing is
achieved, with it leaping clear of the
Other dances are available.
Delux version has synchronised, double
figures for duets.
Coming soon - The Frantic Soup
For a busy kitchen....
.... with multiple hot plates [xenzag, Dec 15 2007]
in simmer mode (without swinging arm attachment) [xenzag, Dec 15 2007]
Can we make 'im look like Michael Flatley?
Somehow appropriate. [RayfordSteele, Dec 19 2007]
||They're for the corrugated metal shed.
||I love the idea, though the mechanism needs a little more detail. Is it remotely powered thru the locator arm? Or, as I would prefer, are the joints powered by bimetalic springs or such? Or on second reading, is there a battery hidden in the body?
||A combination of these with other components made of Nitinol ("memory metal") might work.
||I hate electric stoves, but I have a wood stove that this would work great on! Could I get a pack of 8 or 16 in "Riverdance" theme?
||Dam, I may have to make this too.
||Is someone out there working on a sleep replacement better than cafeine?
||Oh I think you are a wealthy man. At least wealthy of croissantage. Plus for you. Adorable and delightful.
||By the way, "conceals the mechanism of an automata" is enough detail for this B/2-er.
||Faced with the existential dilemma that arises from the cosmic dichotomy between tiny hot plate dancers and guesswork reduction, I will settle upon the dancers every time.