An important part of our range at MAD Factory consists of automata kits, such as our wonderful selection of Timberkits . But if you've never come across these sorts of models before, you might be wondering, what exactly IS automata?
An automaton is a mechanical device that is designed to perform a series of movements or actions in a predetermined manner, often in a repetitive manner.
Automata can range in complexity from simple machines that perform basic movements, such as a wind-up toy, to highly sophisticated devices that simulate human or animal movements in great detail. They are typically powered by a motor or a hand-crank mechanism, and may use a variety of mechanisms such as gears, levers, cams, and springs to achieve their movements.
Some automata are designed purely for entertainment purposes, while others may have practical applications such as in the field of robotics or automation. Many automata are also works of art, designed to evoke a sense of wonder and amazement in their viewers.
At our very own MAD Museum in Stratford-Upon-Avon, you might find a variety of automata that have been designed and built by artists and engineers from around the world. These might include simple devices such as a bird that flaps its wings or a ball that rolls down a track, as well as more complex devices such as a human figure that moves in a lifelike manner or a machine that plays music.
In addition to their entertainment value, automata can also be a valuable educational tool, helping to teach concepts such as mechanics, physics, and engineering. They offer a unique opportunity to see how simple machines can be combined to create complex movements, and how these movements can be used to create art, music, and other forms of expression.
Overall, automata are fascinating devices that have captivated audiences for centuries. Whether they are designed for practical or artistic purposes, they offer a glimpse into the ingenuity and creativity of their designers, and provide a source of wonder and entertainment for all who encounter them.