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Created in 1774 "The Writer" automated boy was Jaquet-
most complex automata, consisting of 6,000 moving parts
able to write any message of up to 40 characters in length.
does this via multiple sets of disks, 3 disks to a set, each
controls one axis of movement of the
arm holding the pen. A
wheel with pins of different heights selects which set of
is selected. After a set is selected, they turn, moving the
through the motions necessary to write the desired
One character inserts the quill of the pin into an inkwell.
Originally, the wheel just advanced one pin after the next,
produce a sentence. Instead, we will control the position of
the wheel with a servo motor connected to a small
(arduino or raspi) and so produce custom messages from any
This could be a subscriber count from your YouTube
Or a page hit counter for your web site. Or how many
you have annoyed on twitter.
The papers will be pushed off the table after the writing is
complete and fall down before your eyes onto your desk or
The very height of technical artistry perverted to record
Short video of operation
[James Newton, Mar 03 2020]
Slightly more in depth video.
This video highlights the genius of the device. [James Newton, Mar 03 2020]
From the descendant company.
An advertisement of all the accomplishments, this link queued to the section about the automata. [James Newton, Mar 03 2020]
||Çan it output "+++ OUT OF CHEESE ERROR +++ REDO FROM START +++" ?
||Might not hold interest in a time where robotic toys are discarded after two minutes. Although, moving complexity has a hypnotic attraction so may be a doll that is only complete from one angle.