‘The Writer’ Automaton

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Great inventors from the past still amaze us with their ingenuity that seemed ahead of their time. One of these is the automaton, an android from the 18th century.

Presented here are the automatons created by Pierre Jaquet-Droz.

Constructed between 1768 and 1774 by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, his son Henri-Louis (1752-1791), and Jean-Frédéric Leschot (1746-1824) were The Writer (made of 6000 pieces), The Musician (2500 pieces) and The Draughtsman (2000 pieces).

His astonishing mechanisms fascinated the world’s most important people: the kings and emperors of Europe, China, India and Japan.

Some consider these devices to be the oldest examples of the computer. The Writer has an input device to set tabs that form a programmable memory, 40 cams that represents the read only program, and a quill pen for output. The work of Pierre Jaquet-Droz predates that of Charles Babbage by decades. – Source: Pierre Jaquet-Droz on Wikipedia

Pierre Jaquet-Droz. Inspires Oscar Winning Film “Hugo”.

Pierre Jaquet-Droz (1721–1790) was a Swiss-born watchmaker of the late eighteenth century. He lived in Paris, London, and Geneva, where he designed and built animated dolls, or automata, to help his firm sell watches and mechanical birds. The following video shows their work.

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