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This neat Lego automaton can draw portraits

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This is Legonardo, an automaton capable of drawing portraits. Obviously, it doesn't have the complex clockwork used by automatons of old, like its Swiss counterpart made by Pierre Jacquet-Droz and Henri Maillardet in the 18th century.

But it's pretty neat anyway—albeit a bit creepy. Legonardo is made of Lego Technic bricks and powered by Lego Mindstorm controllers hooked to a computer that uses custom programming to generate the portraits. [Benedettelli]

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The automaton shown in the movie Hugo

Illustration for article titled This neat Lego automaton can draw portraits

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