A new discovery surprises the public once again by a Florentine genius.
Renaissance Italy left great gems in the world’s cultural heritage. It is no wonder that in the centuries of its existence it has brought it together The great geniuses of humanity In multiple fields. Inventors, painters, sculptors, architects and scientists. Moreover, the Renaissance model encouraged them all to be so Total creators Which covers practically all areas of knowledge. It was one of these numbers Leonardo Da VinciHe is perhaps one of the great geniuses in world history. He studied it endlessly with the aim of penetrating his mind, and only one of his paintings, the Mona Lisa, has been overshadowed by many people.
However, the Florentine scholar achieved great success in multiple aspects. In the painting aerial perspective It is still praised (not specifically by La Gioconda), while many of its studies on human anatomy and proportions They have survived to this day. One of the points in which he shone with particular brilliance was in his country Brilliant as an inventordeveloping very interesting weapons and products as a first attempt airplane.
One of his most overlooked but also interesting inventions was… Robot knight Which practically worked like a robot in multiple capacities.
Leonardo da Vinci robot
Since classical antiquity, humans have thought about robots. At that time they were known as Automation They were considered one of the creations of the gods. The Renaissance sought to return to antiquity from a perspective typical of that era He was inspired by many of his myths and creations To bring them back to medieval and modern life.
Vitruvius in turn helps us connect with Leonardo da Vinci, who, based on the works of Vitruvius and the machines of Hieron of Alexandria, created his own automata. I present to you the Automa cavaliere (ca. 1495), a shield in motion. pic.twitter.com/UeB7hTh3kv
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Based on the machine of Heron of Alexandria, one of the geniuses of antiquity, Leonardo da Vinci tried to restore this idea, to present to us A robot in the shape of a human Which he developed in 1495 and named it Cavalier Automation Just as they say in Urban techno It became one of his most interesting inventions though It was for entertainment purpose only.
Designed for the Sforza family who directed the future of Milan at the time, this robot was a wooden structure containing a series of pulleys that allowed it to move and perform very basic actions. On the wooden structure there was shield Typical of the time in that he practically looked like a modern-day robot.
Unfortunately we have no real remains of what this work was like. There are only modern reconstructions that rely on writings that have been preserved throughout history. Therefore, it is one of those creations that Leonardo da Vinci could not achieve because he was… A genius ahead of his time That with the technology of his time he was unable to achieve those things that he truly dreamed of.
- The Florentine genius invented a shield that worked like a robot.
- His purpose was purely entertainment, but he could move his limbs and even make a series of sounds.
- It was designed for the Sforza family, the family that ruled Milan.
- It was based on the designs of Hieron of Alexandria, another inventor of antiquity.
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