Saturday, May 10, 2014
Leonardo da Vinci's Mechanical Lion
From The Instructions"
Sheets 90/v and 91/r of the Madrid code include drawings of "strange" mechanisms that are not linked to the treatise on mechanics and often have no explanatory text.
Analyzing them led to the reconstruction of mechanisms enabling a mysterious animal, a mechanical lion, to move robotically.
The lion, a gift from Pope Leone X and the town of Florence, was taken to Lyon in France; on July 12, 1515, at the end of a surprising magical walk before the king of France, Francis I, it stopped knocking some lillies over.
It can be considered one of the first animal like robots ever built.