Controllable Coin Flipper

coin flipping is physics, not randomness


Nitipak Samsen, a recent graduate from the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art, has been developing prototypes to control the coin flip.

Randomness and fate are usually used as decision making for us. Some decisions are so hard, we leave the responsibility to fate or randomness, coin flipping is one of those methods. Whether it makes us feel less guilty or believe it is the right decision. What about our true intention behind decisions? The Coin flipper aims to challenge the randomness to reveal the true intention.

I highly recommend watching this short video that documents Samsen’s 9 manually operated and motorized prototypes. It’s a beautiful little video that captures the brilliance and playfullness behind this project, a combination of serious dedication and open experimentation. It is especially inspirational for anyone that, like me, tends to focus and cling to an anticipated outcome. With results ranging from complete inconsistency to a tongue-in-cheek 100% accuracy, Samsen quotes Thomas Edison saying:

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”


There are a variety of wonderful projects at Nitipak Samsen’s site

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Interesting… never even considered laser cutting as a way of creating diabolical coin flipping machines!

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