Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What's This? It's Just a 240-Year Old Programable Robot/Computer (video)

This may seem like an ordinary creepy doll... when in fact it is a very innovative (and creepy) programable robot/computer that dates to the 18th-century. This device houses over 6,000 parts and is capable of writing anything you program it to do. Incredible...!! 

-Check out a video below from the BBC to see it in action: 

The device is called 'The Writer' and was created in the late 1770s by Swiss-born watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz with the help from Jean-Frédéric and his son Henri-Lois. 
On the outside the device is deceptively simple. A small, barefoot boy perched at a weeden desk holding a quill, easily mistaken for a toy doll. But crammed inside is an engineering marvel: 6,000 custom made components work in concert to create a fully self-contained programmable writing machine that some consider to be the oldest example of a computer. 

via thisiscollosal

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