10 Fantastic Inventions That Were Developed Much Earlier In the Past than You Think
Throughout history there has existed some extraordinary inventors like Leonardo Da Vinci who invented contraptions that corresponded to modern day technological inventions and machines. It’s interesting to note how the concept of such current day devices were conceived way before time. This is a list of 10 inventions made earlier than you could have expected.
1 Armored vehicles
Leonardo Da Vinci drew up the plans of an armored vehicle way back in the 15th century. His design was of a fighting vehicle similar to modern tanks but with a conical shape featuring cannons all around its perimeter. It needed four men to operate but the only problem was the wrong placement of gears that rendered the vehicle inoperataional which many felt was on purpose to prevent theft. In 2010, engineers fabricated the design with correct gears but it turned out to large to move on rough terrain. It was more a weapon of intimidation.
2 Analog computers
The discovery of the Greek Antikythera device in 1900 was a significant one as it was the first analog machine dating back to the 2nd century BCE. It was a complicated mechanism with 30 gears and was used as an astrological and astronomical calendar. The date could be changed with a hand crank after which the machine calculated the position of the moon, sun, moon phase, eclipse, and calendar cycles. Its technology would never be replicated until the 14th century when astronomical clocks began to be developed. The device wasn’t given importance for two years till it was leaned thoroughly to reveal itself.