The first robot was a mechanical bird made in 350 B.C. by Archytas of Tarentum. It was called "The Pigeon" and was powered by steam.Continue Reading
Archytas was an ancient Greek mathematician. His creation, a wooden dove that could fly up to 200 meters connected to a cable, was not only the first robot but also one of the earliest flight studies.
In 200 B.C., Ctesibus, another Greek inventor, made an automated water clock with movable hands. Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of a mechanized knight inspired inventors in the late 1400s to build simple robotic machines. In 1738, Jacques de Vaucanson of France built a robotic flute player, drum and tambourine player, and a moving and quacking duck. In 1801, Joseph Jacquard made an automated loom. Charles Babbage's "Difference Engine" of 1822 and Nikola Tesla's 1898 robot boat were other prominent robotic inventions. The 1966 "Shakey" robot was the first self-aware robot.Learn more about Inventions
A snake robot, also known as a snakebot, is a biomorphic robot that resembles a snake. These devices come in a number of sizes, shapes and lengths. They are extremely versatile, and are able to perform tasks that go beyond merely crawling and climbing.Full Answer >
Although paper was first invented in China during the second century B.C., it was not used for personal toilet necessities until the sixth century in medieval China. Joseph Gayetty is typically credited with inventing modern day toilet paper, creating it for commercial use in 1857.Full Answer >
Although it is not known exactly who invented the multiplication table, scientists do know that ancient Babylonians used multiplication tables as early as around 1800 B.C. The oldest multiplication table using base 10 was found in China and dates to 305 B.C.Full Answer >
The ancient Chinese first discovered the nutritional value of rice; rice production and harvesting began in China around 2500 B.C. and then spread soon thereafter throughout Asia. In ancient China, rice proved relatively easy to grow. It sustained the nutritional needs of the Chinese farmers and their families, and later served as an economic tool in trades between citizens of Asia.Full Answer >