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New Scientist recreates a robot made by the ancient Greeks Answered

A friend forwarded this along:

Ok, this was on slashdot, and it may be a little old, but it was the coolest thing I've seen today.

If you can't watch the 2 minute video, the robot works by having a falling weight turn an axel. However, the real ingenuity of 60 AD shines from pegs that are put in the axel that the rope can be wrapped around in order to make the axel turn different directions at pre-programmed intervals.


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theque
theque

13 years ago

wow, looks like it could be used as some sort of special effect in a movie eh? For low-budget producers.

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zachninme
zachninme

13 years ago

We should almost just have Slashdot's RSS feed on the site :P

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

13 years ago

. Wow! They had Geeks back in ancient times? Cool! I wonder where a pocket protector would fit on a toga?

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Pat Sowers
Pat Sowers

13 years ago

thats cool i should build one!