The size of this thing is certainly consistent with its use as a theatrical device. It was probably one meter by one meter and probably not even a meter high.
Regardless of its uses, this cart can be considered as one of the first automated mobile devices ever created.
In 2006, the Italian Institute and Museum of the History of Science built a model based on da Vinci’s design and it worked!
Below is a video showing a smaller version of the cart. It is in Italian, but you do not need to understand the dialogue to get some idea of how the cart might have worked.
That brings us to the end of this episode. I hope you enjoyed our brief coverage of some of the inventions and discoveries of the great da Vinci! We only had time to cover but a few and perhaps one day we will come back and cover some more.
But, for now, our brief tour of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci is over.
Next episode will be entitled “Life 3.0, A Slow Death” Part One. The first of a series of reviews covering the awful book “Life 3.0” and its arguments for Strong AI.
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