Throughout time, many inventors have tried making primitive sorts of robots, and many other captivating instruments that work similarly. A substantial number of these inventions were just strange machines. Regardless, in time some of them were making robots that worked similarly to people and animals and worked for light weight work, building mechanical assemblies, and that could perform simple tasks.

Da Vinci Knight

Leonardo da Vinci formed many machines and robots; had advanced in anatomy; and is stacked with books and considerations in regards to a huge amount of mechanical developments, such as the water-driven clock, running water, and a robot that looks like a Knight. Possibly the most intriguing design was subsequently made from drawings done by Da Vinci. The Knight is covered in armor, and through the use of mechanical pulleys can sit, stand, use its arms independently, and lift its visor.


A mechanical priest, this interesting invention can walk in a square, move his lips and his arms and his head, and every one of these motions was considered to be a “miracle” offered to God.

Floating Automated Musicians of al-Jazari

Floating Automated Musicians of al-Jazari created a new device called automaton musical, which consisted of four automatic musicians on a boat which floated on a lake. It has a drum machine which is programmable with pegs that bump into little levers to operate the drums. The drummer could be made to play different rhythms and different drum patterns if the pegs were moved. Some people have called these early programmable automata. Read more interesting stories about old inventions from

Erhitas Dove

Erhitas was known as a mathematician and politician, but those were not his only attributes. In 350 BC, Erhitas constructed a wooden pigeon that operating on steam or perhaps levers, had the ability to flap its wings and fly through the air.

Silver Swan

A mechanical device in the shape of a swan, this invention has an arrangement of rotating rods, glass, and rails which add to the illusion that there is running water and moving fish below it. The Swan is also a music box, and its motions of wings, head, and beak are timed to the music. The Swan is displayed today at the Bowes Museum in England.

Robot Men of Pierre Jaquet-Droz

These miniature people feature moving hands and eyes that follow the task they are completing. Writing with a pencil, breathing, and playing a small piano are all motions they can perform.

Vaucanson Digesting Duck

This gold-plated copper duck relied on a complicated system of cranes and came to perform the eating process; a flexible, adaptable tubing went from the mouth through the stomach to allow the food to “digest” and be processed through the bowels of the duck.

Moral of the Story: Make sure of your invention uses and the day and age you live in.

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