The Story of
the Automaton


Putting It In Motion...

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People are fascinated by Maillardet's Automaton because it appears to be almost human when the figure begins to write and draw. However, in reality the automaton is a mechanical system. Machines are not limited to complicated things such as automata or robots. In fact, some machines may not even have moving parts. A machine is any device that helps you do work. Automata are compound machines, a combination of two or more simple machines.There are six types of simple machines: the inclined plane, the wedge, the screw, the pulley, the lever, and the wheel and axle. Follow along as we learn about each...