Nothing New under the Sun might be the subtitle of this post. I suddenly realized I have been neglect in research into, and reporting on, the early days of the study of Robotics. After all to understand the future you must study the pass. So let’s go back. … Way back. . . EDITOR
The editors at New Scientist have constructed a replica of what is believed to be the earliest known programmable robot.
“In about 60 AD, a Greek engineer called Hero constructed a three-wheeled cart that could carry a group of automata to the front of a stage where they would perform for an audience. Power came from a falling weight that pulled on string wrapped round the cart’s drive axle, and Sharkey reckons this string-based control mechanism is exactly equivalent to a modern programming language.” SOURCE New Scientist . . . Read Complete Report
The Legacy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Incredible Robot
2 years ago
Why Did da Vinci Create “the Robot”?
The schema, known today as Leonardo’s robot, was developed around the year 1495, however, rediscovered only in the 1950s. No one knows if there has been any endeavor to build the invention.
Da Vinci fashioned the robot to demonstrate to himself that the frame of a human being could be mimicked. He was also interested in exhibiting for his patron, Lodovico Sforz, the robot’s manner of operation when they attended parties. Da Vinci’s intention was to catapult party members into astonishment with his own competency for melodrama. . . . Read Complete Report w/Photos
Over the summer of 2004, Dr. John D. Enderle was reading The Da Vinci Code when he came across a segment based upon the lost sketches of Leonardo Da Vinci’s robot. The readings sparked his interest and he began researching the history of this “lost” robot. He enlisted a team of students to research the structure and function of the robot. Information was limited due to the fact that the robot was created in 1495 and the estimated 14,000 pages of sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci are lost to the world of science and engineering. . . . Read Complete Report
Animated stills of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Robot from the Drama /Documentary, ‘Leonardo’, starring Mark Rylance as DaVinci, written & Directed by Alan Yentob. Leonardo’s Robot recreated by Mark Rosenheim. BBC 2003. Music: ‘My Head’ by Dias M. No copyright infringement intended. . . . Text posted with video on youtube