Making quarters smaller… because they can!

My friend Pablos Holman gave a lecture at Seattle’s Town Hall last week. After about half an hour of cranking up Lisa’s security phobia with stories about bump keys, RFID scanners, and other fun hacker tricks, Pablos talked about the work going at the local mad scientists’ consortium, Intellectual Ventures. Recent projects include an anti-mosquito laser fence and a nuclear reactor that uses depleted uranium as fuel.

Pablos also showed a cool bit of video, filmed with a special camera capable of capturing 250,000 frames per second, of a “quarter shrinker” designed by Hackerbot Labs. [Update: The original video is no longer available, but here’s a longer video explaining how the quarter shrinker works and showing the results.]