posted on Apr, 23 2004 @ 06:01 PM
I'm not sure this goes hee, so mods feel free to exercise you mod-ness. This is not my usual type of post.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Reanaisaance man, had many futuristic ideas and drawings. Among them was a "car". A scholar and a robotics expert teamed up to
make a model of what could a self -propelled.
I have always wondered what made Leonardo's brain tick, if he had access to extra knowledge. Anyhow, here's the article:
"The Renaissance giant, whose imagination and sketches also envisioned helicopters, submarines, airplanes and armored tanks, drew a design for a
primitive kind of car on sheet number 812r of his Codex Altanticus.
For centuries, scholars and scientists puzzled over just what da Vinci had in mind with his sketch of a kind a self-propelled wagon. An Italian
scholar, Carlo Pedretti, and a U.S. robotics expert, Mark Rosheim, translated that sketch into working models, on display at the Institute and Museum
of the History of Science from Saturday until June 5.
"The piece of paper where he sketched these drawings do not have even one single word," museum director Paolo Galluzzi said at a press preview of
the exhibit Friday. "This is typical of Leonardo."
The wooden models spring forward several meters (yards) after a pair of back wheels are wound up, much like a kid's car zooms forward after the
wheels are revved up against a surface.
Da Vinci apparently dreamed up the vehicle to impress people at Renaissance festivals, not to drive them around. There is no driver's seat in the
model, although the car has a rudimentary steering system consisting of wooden blocks arranged between gears."
EDIT: Just fixed the image link.
[Edited on 23-4-2004 by ZeddicusZulZorander]
[Edited on 23-4-2004 by DontTreadOnMe]