interesting information and photos of early automata
will keep visitors to this site busy for hours. The
"Building Better Humans" website is a selective
history of the interaction between technology and
the body. The "Clockwork Bodies" section
pertains to the amazingly life-like automata constructed
in Europe during the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Unhurried View of Automata
four part supplement to The Magic Cauldron, this article
contains a great deal of interesting information about
historical automata including The Franklin Institute's
Maillardet's Automaton. The writing style is informative
and entertaining at the same time. A "must read"
site for anyone interested in automata!
excellent collection of historical photos of various
automata with brief annotations regarding the source
and history of each from Rony Gelman a student at
New York University.
Britannica - "Automaton"
online encyclopedia article on automata.
British Clockmaker - Automata
page contains photographs of devices known as automata
.Automaton (singular) is defined as: "A mechanism
having its motive power so concealed that it appears
to move spontaneously." The term is generally
applied to mechanical human or animal figures which
move by clockwork motivation. These figures, the swan,
soldier clock, bird box, and Cox carousel clock, and
above all, the Jack figures, Southwold Jack and Jack-o-the-Clock,
are all automatons.
delightful website to visit on a rainy afternoon!
Automata museum, theater, and shop based in Covent
Garden, London. Provides information on mechanical
objects and automata. Also contains virtual exhibitions,
and an online shop. Among the items offered for sale
is the book "Cabaret Mechanical Movement -
Understanding Movement and Making Automata" which
contains a lot of theory but its also packed
with practical tips and ideas for making your own
automata, moving toys or mechanical sculpture. Excellent
Pig - Animated Models For You to Make
quirky range of unique card and paper moving models!
Several patterns are available for free download and
others can be obtained for a reasonable fee. Cardboard
engineering is an inexpensive and entertaining way
to learn more about automata and design. The site
also includes some useful lessons on mechanisms &
on Simple Machines
on the six basic simple machines from The Franklin
Institute's InQuiry Almanac archives.
of the Exploring Leonardo website highlights some
of Leonardo da Vinci's futuristic inventions, introduces
the elements of machines, lets you explore how these
elements can work together to perform new functions,
and offers you a chance to try analyzing Leonardo's
inventions and designing your own.
Ithaca City School District has a nice site about
simple machines for grades 3+. Click on any of the
pictures of the simple machines to learn more about
Simple Machines Page
Elementary School in Holland, Michigan offers brief
explanations of all the simple machines and has a
great collection of photos demonstrating objects that
represent each type.
Angus' Robotics Site is the creation of a young English
student . The site features robotics projects illustrated
with photographs. Visitors can download robot related
utilities or check out resources and robotics links.
This site provides resources for robotics, including
projects, books, and links to other robotics sites.
history of robots. Since 1923, robots have provided
the public with unique and bizarre personas in entertainment
through on-stage performances, film and television programs.
Read about it here!
Tech Museum of Innovation - Robotics Exhibit
Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA created an online
resource to accompany the "Robotics-sensing-thinking-acting"
traveling exhibit. Features include the history and
workings of robots, a timeline, classroom activities,
robot art, and much more. This is a "must-see"
Institute for Practical Robotics
The KISS Institute of Practical Robotics is a non-profit
organization that provides learning and skill development
through the application of technology, particularly
robotics. The site features the High School Botball
Robotics Tournament, robotics courses for students,
and educational resources.
People who are just getting started with robotics can
find useful links to stores, competitions, organizations
and clubs, toys, robotics cartoons, and hardware and