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.Know More
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
The first space shuttle was made by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or NACA, and the United States military after getting the idea from the Silbervogel proposal. The Silbervogel proposal was part of a German project intended to create an aircraft that could bomb the U.S.Full Answer >
The first helicopter was made in 1907 by Paul Cornu. However, it was unsuccessful and could not achieve flight. In 1924, a French inventor by the name of Etienne Oehmichen built the first helicopter that could fly.Full Answer >
According to the earliest accounts on record, the first rocket was made in China during the battle of Kai-Keng in 1232. Often referred to as fire arrows, the Chinese made and used these weapons during the battle to help repel the Mongols.Full Answer >
The first envelopes were made out of clay and were developed in ancient Babylonia in around 3500 B.C. Paper envelopes were first used in China over 2,000 years ago, but it was not until the 19th century that British manufacturers such as Warren De La Rue began producing modern envelopes.Full Answer >