The iconic Easter Island Moai statues were said to have “walked themselves” into their positions. Well, that’s clearly a legend that can’t possibly be true: or could it? Science have proven that with the idea of center of gravity vs. mass just about anything can be moved with very little force, or in the case of Easter Island “heads,” technology.
As part of a Megalith Robotics class MIT students constructed the McKnelly Megalith to demonstrate the science behind this architecture.
This short video will give you an insight into the physics of moving this 2,000 pound creation. Considerably smaller than the 82-ton “heads” of Easter Island, but still an impressive feat.
On a lighter ending note, it’s fun to think this scientific realization was possible thousands of years ago, yet some of our brightest minds are needed to do it today.