How to build a hamster wheel for humans out of iMac boxes

You may have seen the "iWheel", a massive wheel made from stacked iMac boxes and big enough to fit a person. But you probably haven't heard exactly how it came about. For over a year, Mike Campadore, a systems administrator at George Fox University, collected iMac boxes for this project, stacking them in the back of an engineering classrom.

When Campadore finally collected enough boxes, he put his plan into motion, according to George Fox University:

When more computers arrived in July for a new computer lab, Campadore finally had the boxes he needed to make his "iWheel." He had estimated it would take 38 boxes to create the perfect wheel, but when he taped together the two sides, he discovered the number was 36. On his first attempt, he left the Styrofoam inside the boxes, but it made the wheel too heavy. Even without the extra weight, he estimates the finished product weighs 120 pounds and is nearly nine feet tall.

Campadore has expressed a desire to go further with the wheel, perhaps by adding plastic pipe rails to fit a revolving chair.

Source: George Fox University

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • "By the end of the weekend, a reverse image search on Google yielded more than 1,300 results. Meanwhile, nearly 3,000 comments were made on Reddit, ranging from praise for Campadore’s creativity to the endless Apple-PC argument to critiques of their apparel. Campadore found it amusing that some of the commenters wanted him fired for putting three of the boxes backwards."
  • Clearly, four are backwards, not three. And yes, quite the oversight considering all the time spent planning.
  • Only 3 backwards ones; you might be noticing the black logos versus the grey logos. The backwards boxes have a block of text on the bottom of them under the Apple logo. No matter which way the boxes were oriented, I think the wheel was a great idea :)
  • Thats an expensive wheel! Especially if those are 5k boxes