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Leonardo da Vinci invented
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A ball bearing is positioned between a wheel and a
fixed axle to help separate the moving and stationary parts and reduce
friction. While a ball bearing might not be a super exotic invention, it
sure is a useful one. Ball bearings allow for smooth movement of all
sorts of mechanical devices by reducing the friction between surfaces.
We take it for granted today, but without this
da Vinci creation,
our machines and transportation would have never evolved to what they
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Da Vinci didn’t just create only designs for flying machines and parachutes
(oops -- little foreshadowing there), da Vinci also came up with a
design for a "suit" to be worn by soldiers planning stealthy attacks on
enemy ships under water! If you think the Navy Seal
teams invented this in World War II, you'd be mistaken.
His design was for a
suit made of leather with a bag-like
mask to be worn over a diver’s head and face. Two tubes were attached to
the nostrils at one end and to a floating diving bell above surface to
let air in.
The mask also had a balloon that could either inflate or deflate, so
divers could sink or rise on command. While the design didn’t become
well-known until after da Vinci's death, today’s diving suits bear more
than a passing resemblance to da Vinci’s design
DaVinci, father of the
original Gattling gun? Actually not to far from the truth at all --
Believe it or not, the painter of the famed
“Mona Lisa” also designed an early version of the machine gun. Da Vinci
was obsessed with making modern warfare more efficient, and among his
many designs was one for a cannon
with multiple barrelsthat
rotated so that it could fire one load while another was being loaded.
Many see this design of a portable, fast and
lightweight weapon as the earliest version of the machine gun. Amazing
True, the (flexible) parachute as we know it
today is largely credited to Sebastien
Lenormand’s 1783 creation. However, Leonardo da Vinci came up with
the idea a couple centuries earlier.
On his sketch, he
noted: "If a man have a tent made of
linen of which the apertures [openings] have all been stopped up, and it
be twelve braccia [about 23 feet] across and twelve in depth, he will be
able to throw himself down from any great height without suffering any
injury." Sounds like a parachute to us!
Of course, da Vinci’s design had issues. For one, it
was made with linen on a wood frame, and the weight of that wood could
have been an impediment to a smooth descent.
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While it would be hundreds of
years before robots hit the mass market,
Leonardo da Vinci is said to have made a beta version as early
Da Vinci created a robotic knight that was operated
by levers and pulleys and mimicked human movement, which was undoubtedly
a huge hit at the Milan celebration where it was unveiled.