The Drawmaton is a hand-powered drawing-kit inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th century “Robot Knight.”
Many consider da Vinci’s robots to be the oldest examples of an early proto-computer because they contained hardware, the robot itself, and software, wooden cams, which were read-only and interchangeable. Leonardo called these wooden cams ‘petals’ as they reminded him of petals on a flower. A set of programming petals for our Drawmaton stores 1 kilobit of pre-defined motion data. When the petals complete one full rotation, information is sent down the robot’s arm and into the hand which draws the picture with the pen.
This DIY Kit includes everything you need to reconstruct da Vinci's Drawmaton, all 139 pieces, including 4 different mechanical discs which produce drawings of a Skull, Horse, Flower, and Ladies' Portrait.
Measures 15” x 11” x 3” when assembled.