This 200-Year-Old Mechanical Caterpillar Does Everything But Turn Into a Butterfly

Robots are so commonplace now that we use them to entertain kids at amusement parks. But even though modern technology has given us artificial lifeforms that can walk, talk, and even fly, there's still something utterly fascinating about pre-electronic mechanical automatons like this Vers de Soie caterpillar dating back to 1820. Read More >>

How Can This 1890 Automaton Produce Such Surprisingly Realistic Bird Songs?

It's hard to look back at 120 year old devices like this and think of them as technology. Where's the touchscreen, the OS, the battery? But this 19th century automaton that produces remarkably authentic bird songs would have been cutting-edge tech back then. And even now, it's still pretty damn impressive. Read More >>

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Watch This Creepy Robot Made in the 18th Century Come to Life Again

Back in the 18th century, this automaton called 'The Writer' was built by Jaquet Droz. After more than 200 years, the robot has been reanimated and it's way creepier than any robot made today. Read More >>


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