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The Mechanical Chess Player That Unsettled the World
At the dawn of that decade, an inventor by the name of Wolfgang von Kempelen debuted his latest creation in Vienna: A chess-playingautomaton made for Habsburg Archduchess Maria Theresa. Known initiall...
Chess Robot The Turk - YouTube
Aug 15, 2007 ... A short video about the first chess robot called The Turk.
Gortomate - Duck of Vaucanson (demo) - YouTube
Jun 22, 2011 ... Kind of rushed demo for a taste of things to come from Gortomate. Thanks to Somethingcore for getting things started. Listen to this guys ...
The Mechanical Chess Player That Unsettled the World
At the dawn of that decade, an inventor by the name of Wolfgang von Kempelen debuted his latest creation in Vienna: A chess-playingautomaton made for Habsburg Archduchess Maria Theresa. Known initiall...
Tipu's Tiger
Tipu's Tiger or Tippoo's Tiger is an 18th-century automaton or mechanical toy created for Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore in India. The carved and painted wood casing represents a tige...
Ajeeb
Ajeeb was a chess-playing "automaton", created by Charles Hooper (a cabinet maker), first presented at the Royal Polytechnical Institute in 1868. A particularly intriguing piece of faux mechanical te...
Digesting Duck
The Canard Digérateur, or Digesting Duck, was an automaton in the form of a duck, created by Jacques de Vaucanson in 1739. The mechanical duck appeared to have the ability to eat kernels of grain, an...
Karl Gottlieb von Windisch
Karl Gottlieb von Windisch (Latin: Carolus Theophil Windisch, Hungarian: Windisch (Vindis) Károly, January 28, 1725, Pressburg – March 30, 1793, Pressburg) was a Hungarian German writer who pr...
Mechanical Galleon
The Mechanical Galleon is an elaborate nef or table ornament in the form of a ship, which is also an automaton and clock. It was constructed in about 1585 by Hans Schlottheim in southern Germany. It...
Johann Nepomuk Maelzel
Johann Nepomuk Maelzel (or Mälzel; August 15, 1772 – July 21, 1838) was a German inventor, engineer, and showman, best known for manufacturing a metronome and several music automatons, and displaying ...
Joseph Friedrich Freiherr von Racknitz
Joseph Friedrich Freiherr von Racknitz (1744–1818) was part of the Racknitz family from Steiermark, Germany, a family that originated in 1180 at Castle Perneck. Residing in Dresden, he worked as the ...
Moxon's Master
"Moxon's Master" is a short story by the late 19th-century American author Ambrose Bierce that speculates on the nature of life and intelligence. It describes a chess-playing automaton that murders it...
El Ajedrecista
El Ajedrecista (English: The Chess Player) was an automaton built in 1912 by Leonardo Torres y Quevedo. It created great excitement when it made its debut, at the University of Paris in 1914. It w...
Jacques de Vaucanson
Jacques de Vaucanson (February 24, 1709 – November 21, 1782) was a French inventor and artist who was responsible for the creation of impressive and innovative automata and machines such as the first...
Maelzel's Chess Player
"Maelzel's Chess Player" (1836) is an essay by Edgar Allan Poe exposing a fraudulent automaton chess player called The Turk, which had become famous in Europe and the United States and toured widely. ...
The Turk
The Turk, also known as the Mechanical Turk or Automaton Chess Player (German: Schachtürke, "chess Turk"' Hungarian: A Török), was a fake chess-playing machine constructed in the late 18th cen...
Singing bird box
A singing bird box (boîte à oiseau chanteur in French) is a box, usually rectangular-shaped, which contains within a miniature automaton singing bird concealed below an oval lid and activated by means...
Walker Chess-player
The Walker Chess-player was a chess-playing "machine" created by the Walker Brothers of Baltimore, Maryland. The machine was produced in the 1820s to compete with The Turk, a world-famous chess "mach...
Mephisto (automaton)
Mephisto was the name given to a chess-playing "pseudo-automaton" built in 1876. Unlike The Turk and Ajeeb it had no hidden operator, instead being remotely controlled by electromechanical means.Const...