Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob
VISIT OUR OTHER SITES: THE AWESOMER | 95OCTANE

Like Us on Facebook

Technabob is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Disclosure.

The Ethiopian Caterpillar – Robot Bug of the 19th Century

 |  |  |  |  |  February 19, 2013


I’m always mesmerized by the intricate craftsmanship found in antique automatons. I think it’s something about the fact that people could build robotics without any electrical or electronic components that is truly amazing. One of the more incredible automatons to pop onto my radar screen of late is this mechanical caterpillar that dates back to 1820.

ethiopian_caterpillar

The Vers de Sois caterpillar was apparently created by Swiss clockmaker Henri Maillardet nearly 200 years ago. This detailed, jewel-encrusted caterpillar can actually crawl across a flat surface when wound up. Check it out in action:

Sure, it’s a bit noisy, but still impressive, no? Well, all of this incredible miniature automation doesn’t come cheap though. The Vers de Sois caterpillar recently sold at auction for over $415,000(USD). I think I’ll stick with my HexBugs for now.

[via Worldtempus via Neatorama via Richard Kadrey via Gizmodo]



Heavy Metal Moonlight Sonata

Heavy Metal Moonlight Sonata

A Brief History of the Devil

A Brief History of the Devil

Sorako Precision Screwdriver Set

Sorako Precision Screwdriver Set

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Night Edition: It’s Anything But Basic Black

2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz Night Edition: It’s Anything But Basic Black

SSC SC-01 Is a High Horsepower Electric Sports Coupe Bound for China

SSC SC-01 Is a High Horsepower Electric Sports Coupe Bound for China

The Bradley GT Was a VW Bug Turned into a Sports Car

The Bradley GT Was a VW Bug Turned into a Sports Car

Advertisement