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.
Starry Night Orrery Mechanical Music Box by Robotime. What is an Orrery? It is a mechanical model of the Solar System to illustrate the relative positions and motions of planets and moons. Invented in the 18th century, the orrery model is both an educational model and a stylish decor.ROKR Starry Night music box gets the inspiration from that but simplifies it into a musical kit. You will see how planets orbit when music plays. Purchase here.
Why not buy your loved one a gift voucher for our wonderful MAD Museum this Christmas? The MAD Museum does what it says on the tin! Based in the center of Stratford upon Avon, this quirky attraction displays interactive pieces of mechanical art, in particular; kinetic art and automata.“MAD” stands for Mechanical Art and Design. If you’re not quite sure what mechanical art is all about, think of the machines and gizmos used in Wallace and Gromit, Scrapheap Challenge and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.In a nutshell, mechanical art is usually beautifully crafted, moving sculptures either made to have an exaggerated purpose...
Making a Timberkit is to step into the whole world of Automata, ingenious moving models and scenes. It is an art form in which you can appreciate the magic of mechanical action and a fascinating education and hobby for children and adults of all ages.After you have made the model you can paint, varnish or customise it in your own personal way then try another! Enjoy the warmth of the natural wood, sourced from sustainable forestry and fully machined with no further need for specialist tools.Check out the full range available at MAD Factory right here.