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Drawmaton, by ROKR

A working, wooden robot based on Leonardo da Vinci's creation.

The History

Leonardo da Vinci loved robots and built them to entertain his friends and even kings and queens. Da Vinci's Drawmaton is based on Leonardo's Robot Knight, built around 1495, which is considered to be history's first robot.

The Robot Knight could perform many actions, such as shaking hands, playing the drums and could even hug an amused guest. But it was also rumoured that the robot had another special could draw a picture.

The Technology  

Many consider da Vinci's robots to be the oldest examples of an early proto-computer because they contained hardware, the robot itself, and software in the form of wooden cams which were read-only and interchangeable. Leonardo called these wooden cams "petals" because they reminded him of the petals of a flower.

A set of programming petals for Da Vinci's Drawmaton stores 1 kilobit of pre-defined motion data. When the petals complete one full rotation, information is sent down the robot's arm and into the hand, which draws a picture.

Assembled size: 400x300x77mm

Contains small parts, not suitable for children under 5 years.


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