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Steampunk Wristwatch Automata Stylishly Writes Time

As a wristwatch, this giant may not be the best thing, but it certainly is pretty cool. When you want to know the time, the watch mechanism kicks in and writes time on the watch face. To make sure it doesn’t overwrite on the watch face, the automata starts with dusting off and erasing the watch face. Of course, the whole mechanism is quite bulky and requires steadiness, but as an automata, it is pretty damn cool.

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Programmable 6,000-Part Drawing Boy Automata Built 240 Years Ago

drawing boy automata the writer

The Writer as the drawing boy automata is called, was built in the 1770s by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz with help from his son Henri-Louis, and Jean-Frédéric Leschot. Mincing no words, it is one magnificent and spectacular piece, and probably a computer way ahead of its time. The Writer looks like a small boy seated on a desk with a quill in his hands. Inside the body, are 6000 custom made parts that are designed to get the custom-made writing machine to work.

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Videos

Karakuri: Traditional Japanese automata art [video]


Karakuri ningyo are automata / mechanized puppets that have been in Japan since the 17th century. Pulleys and weights are used to make the automata perform numerous tasks. From the video’s description, “Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks.”

Via ThePresurfer

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Videos

Smoking automaton monkey [video]

The automaton monkey is hooked to cigarettes. Somebody get the monkey some weed.

Via: Cakehead

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Cool

The beating heart: Heart Machine Automata

The Heart Machine automata is the creation of Martin Smith. Created for Crankahead contest, the automata features a heart with “sticks” that hit it somewhat like a drum. We’re absolutely lovestruck by the beating heart. Costs $257.

Via: Design-Milk

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Robots

Cool robot arm made entirely from wood


It’s almost mesmerizing to watch this wooden robotic arm strut its stuff. This is another impressive wooden automaton/toy made by YouTube user kinohagurama.

Via: Automaton Blog, Make

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Steampunk automata plays the organ

Steampunk and Automata, together. What’s not to like? The automata though, isn’t much of a musical. It is a simple machine where one shaft drives the hands of the “player” while the other drives the pipes of the organ. The results are good.

Via: Thin Gypsy Thief, BoingBoing