Video of a jewel-studded mechanical robot caterpillar, 1820

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Once out of nature I shall never take
My bodily form from any natural thing,
But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
Of hammered gold and gold enamelling
To keep a drowsy Emperor awake;
Or set upon a golden bough to sing
To lords and ladies of Byzantium
Of what is past, or passing, or to come.

–W.B. Yeats, “Sailing To Byzantium”


Very impressive especially at that scale.

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