200 // Basement / Digesting Duck
Possibly a new project? … I came across this awesome depiction by Jacques de Vaucanson.
“The Canard Digérateur, or Digesting Duck, was an automaton in the form of a duck, created by Jacques de Vaucanson in 1739. The mechanical duck appeared to have the ability to eat kernels of grain, and to metabolize and defecate them. While the duck did not actually have the ability to do this – the food was collected in one inner container, and the pre-stored feces was ‘produced’ from a second, so that no actual digestion took place – Vaucanson hoped that a truly digesting automaton could one day be designed.”
Although I am quite busy with another job, I think this idea is very appealing to me… another machinery for me to make alive again!