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February 1, 2016

Video of 1820 jewel-studded mechanical robot caterpiller

From BoingBoing: "Swiss watchmaker Henri Maillardet created the 'Ethiopian caterpillar' in 1820 (or thereabouts) for a wealthy Chinese collector. It's covered in gold and encrusted in jewels and pearls. It was sold at Sotheby's in 2015 for $262,000."

From the Oddment Emporium:


When the automaton movement is engaged, the caterpillar crawls realistically, its body moving up and down simulating the undulations of a caterpillar by means of a set of gilt-metal knurled wheels. The automata work is composed of a barrel, cam, and two levers all working together to create the motion.



[via RealityCarnival]

February 1, 2016 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


The sequel would have been a butterfly. Wouldn't that have been something?

Posted by: tamra | Feb 1, 2016 1:59:26 PM

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