18th century mechanical writing machine with a programmable font

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Johan Palme's picture
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18th century mechanical writing machine with a programmable font
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I thought perhaps some people here would get a kick out of this 18th-century Swiss automaton, that writes letters on a page using a set of programmable mechanical instructions, an analog version of today's engraving and Leroy machines.

Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
Joined: 19 Nov 2010 - 11:15am
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I first read about him in a Danish radio/electronics magazine, Populær Radio, in late '70s to early '80s.

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That's an amazing device.

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Joined: 8 Jan 2010 - 12:11am
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Lovely stuff indeed.

Good to hear those mechanical noises. If they were silent and I'll we heard were sighs and the occasional giggle ... I would be creeped out!