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Mechanical Caterpillar Writhes Like The Real Thing

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The Swiss are known for their insanely accurate, classic watchmaking artistry.

They might also be the pioneers of intricate mechanical automatons like the Vers de Soie caterpillar.

Thought to have been designed and put together by Henri Maillardet in 1820, the pre-electronic metal creature can crawl from point A to B on a flat surface and exhibits true-to-life characteristics of an actual caterpillar. It also features timeless jewels that have kept their luster over the centuries.


Sadly, it does not morph into an electronic butterfly. Nevertheless, it sure is hard not to admit that it was a remarkable invention.

Find out more about it in the video below:


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