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ancient automata
15th–17th Century
18th Century
19th Century


History of automata


Automata in modern times


We now see automata emerging as a modern art form. Today's automaton makers are artists and craftmen. Modern school curricula have given many thousands of students the opportunity to make their own piece of Kinetic art under the heading of Design and Technology. Today there is a great deal of interest in automata. Early examples fetch some very high prices at antique auctions. They are considered by many antique collectors to be the most valuable acquisition one can make. The art of animating the human form still fascinates us. Many modern toys now use electric motors and plastic gears to achieve this goal but the mechanical principles behind them go back thousands of years.

There are many many exmples I'd like to show you. I'll put up some links to modern automata makers soon!

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