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10 robots and machines from the history books

re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci's robot

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Leonardo da Vinci's robot, 1495

Famed Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci created plans for this humanoid robot in 1495. It was to be a mechanical knight that could move its head, jaw and arms. According to da Vinci's drawings, it could even sit up. Pictured here is a recreation of da Vinci's robot, built in 2007 by researchers in Milan.