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The Real Invention of Hugo Cabret

by Jordan Ficklin

Automatons are real things. Fantastic creations of watchmakers bygone. They absolutely fascinate me.


Link to Video, “The Lost art of Automota”

Anybody want to pay me a few hundred thousand dollars to figure out how to do this? Feel free to contact me or just make a really, really big donation and I’ll get to work right away.

First order of business is to take my family of 5 off to Philadelphia to visit the automata in the above video and then perhaps to Geneva where I know there are many more automota sitting in museums. After some first hand study I’ll sit down, design and make an automota. All I need is the big infusion of cash. Anybody?

4 Comments

  1. jwoodsy
    Posted February 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the link to this article. I was fascinated by these mechanical machines after watching the movie Hugo. Lucky for me, I happen to live in PA. Looks like I’m making a trip to Philly.

  2. samj
    Posted February 2, 2012 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    Wait, where are the stepper motors at? ;-)

  3. Marco
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    If you’re visiting Swiss, check the CIMA museum in Sainte-Croix (near Vianney Halter’s manufacture), they have many of these beauties. Francois Junod is still making them, sometimes for rich clients in USA !

  4. Posted March 21, 2012 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    Hi, I just found this watchmakers-blog and I am very interested in your topics. Actually, I really love this video, it’s really beautiful!

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