Monday, January 11, 2010

Karakuri Ningyou. Japanese mechanical doll/robots

Karakuri Ningyo dolls or puppets are Japanese mechanical dolls from the 18th to 19th century that do a number of amazing acts ranging from serving teas to writing calligraphy.The precision actions of these tiny dolls are what makes them amazing and it's still in the 18th century. Here's some links to they're action below
Calligraphy Karakuri Ningyo: jump
Arrow shooting Karakuri Ningyo: Jump
Tea serving Karakuri Ningyo: Jump
Karakuri comercial: jump

The man featured on video 1 is Tanaka Hisashige who is a gifted Engineer and inventor.He lived in the 18th century and was one of the main karakuri makers.He is also the Ancestor of what is now Toshiba corporation. Besides karakuri dolls he also built Myriad year clock in 1851.And Japans first Steam locomotives and warships.
No wonder Japan is superior in electronics they were having fun with these in that time and age.
I think In just a Few years Gundams will become a normal sight.

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