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For the longest time it has been the dream of the Leonardo da Vinci Robot Society to bring one of the Renaissance master's creations back to life for the world to enjoy. Da Vinci's most famous robot, the mechanical knight built over 500 years ago, was able to perform several tasks and was even rumored to be able to draw. When we met mechanical paper engineer extraordinaire Robert Sabuda, also a huge da Vinci fan, it was a match made in heaven! Through careful research of da vinci's original drawings and plans in the Codex Atlanticus, da Vinci's notebook dealing with robotics, Sabuda and his team have finally unraveled the mechanics and brought the machine into the 21st century!
We are now proud to introduce da Vinci's Drawmaton, a working model of the Renaissance Master's early read-only computer, a wooden programmable robot that draws. The machine is made only of wood and a few pieces of metal which come in a kit form for you to assemble and activate.
Da Vinci's Drawmaton is available in three different designs. Although the machine is actually an early type of computer we thought it would be fun for the first design to resemble a traditional robot!
The machine is operated by hand, just as it was in Leondardo's day, by turning a small gear knob which activates a larger gear.
The large gear rotates the read-only assembly which sends information down to the Robot's arm and hand.
Put any drawing tool into the Robot's hand, place a piece of paper into the draw area, slowly turn the small gear knob and viola! The Robot draws a single line picture!
The second available design of da Vinci's Drawmaton is the Gambler. Part of the team clearly had a slightly spookier vision of the Renaissance Master's work in mind (his original Robot Knight must have been a bit of a fright when activated!)
The Gambler has a more detailed hand and, like the Robot model, can draw an infinite number of pictures.
Three different colors of wood are used in the Gambler kit giving this machine an eerie echo from the past! The 8-layer, laser cut medallion of the the Gambler adds the final touch.
And when's the last time you saw a skeleton draw a picture?!
The third design of da Vinci's Drawmaton is the Slayer. The 10-layer, laser cut medallion pays homage to the Slayer's ultimate prey, the dragon!
Rich in history from the time of Leonardo, the Slayer is the closest in theme to da Vinci's original Robot Knight from over 500 years ago.
The Slayer has the most detailed drawing hand of all three designs and is based on meticulous research of what a knight's gauntlet glove would look like during the time of Leonardo.
But don't think Slayer is only capable of sketching his elusive prey! All three designs of da Vinci's Drawmaton can draw an endless number of pictures.
Da vinci's Drawmaton, which is actually an early read-only form of computer, gets it's programming from interchangeable wood discs which Leonardo called "petalos." These Programming Petalos reminded da Vinci of the petals of a flower and the name has lasted for over five centuries.
Now that da Vinci's machine has been brought back to life, we're also working on a digital program so you can create your own images for the machine to draw.
The images would be converted into Programming Petalos which can be inserted into your Drawmaton so it draws your picture over and over again!
Everything you need to build any model of da Vinci's Drawmaton is included in your kit!
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Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge has been understanding how Leondardo's machine was constructed and how to program information into it. Thankfully those two hurdles are behind us and we continue to refine and improve all aspects of the machine!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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