Back in 1739, Jacques de Vaucanson created and began exhibiting a new invention. Le Canard Digérateur or ‘The Digesting Duck’ was a machine made to imitate a real duck as closely as possible. Its wing alone was made of over 400 moving parts, and it could flap these wings, drink water, eat grain, and mimic the process of digestion all the way to the final event.
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