The Rolling Ball Web
An Online Compendium of Rolling Ball Sculptures, Clocks, Etc.
By David M. MacMillan et. al.
Dale Emery of the Bixworks Company has put together a wonderful history of the Entertainment Bulk Vending Machine, including many rolling gumball machines. This page is on their website, at:
The Bixworks Company, L.C. makes the Gumball Gizmo and the Gumball Gizmo Jr. The Gumball Gizmo was invented by Dale Bix Emery and Van C. Peery. They have much information on their machines at their website:http://www.bixworks.com
Rolling ball sculptor Fred Crusade has built two gum vending machines, Zig Zag Zoo I and Zig Zag Zoo II. For more information, see the Rolling Ball Web's Fred Crusade page.
This machine appears at the Cumberland Science Museum, Nashville, TN. David Brown photographed it, and describes it in this way:
This Candy Dispenser was also at the museum. It uses a combination of electrically operated mechanisms and rolling-ball track to deliver the goods. One interesting thing about this was that the mechanism includes some error recovery. When I tried the machine, the candy fell off the track about halfway through and landed on an earlier section of the track. I thought I'd just blown a quarter, but after waiting a few seconds, I watched as the machine restarted the mechanics at the section of the track where the ball landed. The delivery continued this time without interruption. At several points along the track, small photoelectric sensors are installed. That's evidently part of the reason for the bright interior lighting. As the ball passes the sensor, it turns on or off parts of the mechanism. If a ball fails to exit some part, the machine tries to recover the lost ball by restarting some section of the track.
Photo Copyright © 1998 by Davd Brown.
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