If you ask me why I created Siliconflip I’d be hard pressed to give you a definitive answer, but the seed that spawned these animated coin flip simulators was probably put there having watched a youtube video of Derren Brown physically flipping a coin until getting 10 heads in a row.
I can remember that it took him many hours to achieve, and it was probably this made me wonder if this rather time consuming and laborious act couldn’t be made more pleasant by simulating it on a computer.
The first completed coin flipper that went onto the internet worked quite well, but it only offered the user just the binary choice of setting the required sequence to either 10 heads or 10 tails. The coin flipper would then continuous flip the coin until either of those two conditions were flipped. The flipper would then stop running, and the full sequence of all the flipped coins was then shown to the user.
Since then that coin flipper has been re-coded many times, and has even moved home to its new SiliconFlip home. The coin flipper can now deal with any coin combination up to 20 coins in length! We call it our “flipping 10 heads in a row...” coin flipper, and you can find links to it on the home page and in the menu.
This website also include 2 other coin flippers. The first is “flip a coin” which is a heads or tails flipper that simulates the single toss of a coin. The second flipper, the “flip a coin 100 times” coin flipper will flip the coin a preset number of times - again this number is set by the user. This is useful for people looking for trends in random events over a set amount of times.
All 3 flippers come with full statistics, and they even include a visual representation of all the coins that have been flipped during that session which again is useful data for anyone wanting to see, in real time, trends and sequences occurring in seemingly random events.