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"Unveiling the Ingenious Device: A Journey through Time and Innovation" Step into a world where creativity knows no bounds

Background imageDevice Collection: Medieval urine wheel

Medieval urine wheel. Labelled in Latin, this 15th century diagram shows some of the possible colours of urine (outer edge of circle) to help doctors diagnose urine-related diseases

Background imageDevice Collection: Ultra-Marine by William Heath Robinson

Ultra-Marine by William Heath Robinson
One of Margates new " Neversink" pleasure boats for keeping an even keel inthe roughest seas. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger

Background imageDevice Collection: Curiosity rover, artwork

Curiosity rover, artwork
NASAs next Mars rover, the Curiosity Rover, will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planets Gale Crater. Launch is palneed for November/ December 2011

Background imageDevice Collection: Rejected by the inventions board

Rejected by the inventions board

Background imageDevice Collection: A Swimming Stroke of Genius

A Swimming Stroke of Genius
A simple device by which a cross channel swim may be rendered both easy and pleasant- not to mention luxurious. Please note

Background imageDevice Collection: Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061

Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 1823 C017 / 8061
Epicycles of Mercury and Venus, 19th-century diagram. This geocentric (Earth-centred) model shows the orbits of Mercury and Venus as a series of epicycles (loops)

Background imageDevice Collection: Tungsten carbide slip gauge blocks C016 / 2042

Tungsten carbide slip gauge blocks C016 / 2042
Tungsten carbide slip gauge blocks. These are used as a standard form of length measurement. They are precision ground (lapped) to a specific thickness and then stacked to create the required length

Background imageDevice Collection: A cunning stroke by William Heath Robinson

A cunning stroke by William Heath Robinson
A clever but unsportsmanlike contrivance to increase buoyance and prevent fatigue among Channel swimmers. A useful inflatable idea to help long-distance swimmers by the gadget king

Background imageDevice Collection: Standard electrical circuit symbols

Standard electrical circuit symbols. Diagram of standard symbols used to represent electrical equipment in electrical circuit diagrams. The symbols are arranged in six rows of sets of three

Background imageDevice Collection: Permanent Hair-Waving machine, 1928

Permanent Hair-Waving machine, 1928
Curls are attached by the flex to the chandelier-like electrical machine. This device was exhibited at the Hairdressers Annual Exhibion at the White City, 1928

Background imageDevice Collection: Fusion research, tokamak device

Fusion research, tokamak device
Nuclear fusion research. Cutaway computer artwork of the planned ITER tokamak device. It will be the first full scale fusion device to produce energy at a level of an electricity-producing power

Background imageDevice Collection: A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade

A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade
A stylish female model wakes up fresh-faced and ready now to face the day thanks to a few sips from a hearty brew prepared by her faithful bedside Goblin Teasmade. How Delicious! Date: 1960s

Background imageDevice Collection: Printing press used by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U. S. statesman and scientist

Printing press used by Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U. S. statesman and scientist. Colored engraving

Background imageDevice Collection: Antikythera mechanism, artwork C017 / 7190

Antikythera mechanism, artwork C017 / 7190
Antikythera mechanism, artwork. This early form of mechanical calculator was found circa 1900 in a 1st-century BC Roman shipwreck

Background imageDevice Collection: Mercury thermometer

Mercury thermometer showing a room temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. The mercury thermometer works as mercury, a liquid metal, expands evenly as the temperature increases

Background imageDevice Collection: Mars Exploration Rover

Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars, artwork. The first of two identical NASA rovers, Spirit, landed on Mars on 4 January 2004

Background imageDevice Collection: Newtons telescope, historical artwork

Newtons telescope, historical artwork
Newtons telescope. Historical reproduction of a sketch by Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) of a reflecting telescope and its components

Background imageDevice Collection: Gas mask

Gas mask. This device is to allow the user to breathe during a chemical gas attack, or in a smoke-filled building. The tube at lower left is for drinking liquids such as water

Background imageDevice Collection: A simple device for removing a wart

A simple device for removing a wart
Contrary to the title of this picture, a complicated and convoluted machine to help a sufferer remove a wart from his head

Background imageDevice Collection: Camera Obscura 1817

Camera Obscura 1817
CAMERA OBSCURA the various components of an observation hut or kiosk housing the device

Background imageDevice Collection: Ufos / Reich Device

Ufos / Reich Device
One of Wilhelm Reichs weather-influencing devices which also affect UFOs, and could perhaps destroy them

Background imageDevice Collection: Distillation, 16th century woodcut

Distillation, 16th century woodcut
Distillation. Coloured 16th century woodcut depicting apparatus used for distillation. Two liquids to be distilled are being heated in large flasks (bottom left and right)

Background imageDevice Collection: Eyeglasses for chickens patent, 1903 C024 / 3600

Eyeglasses for chickens patent, 1903 C024 / 3600
Eyeglasses for chickens patent, 1903. Artwork of a device designed by Andrew Jackson Jr. to protect the eyes of chickens from aggressive pecking by other chickens

Background imageDevice Collection: Double bicycle patent, 1905 C024 / 3615

Double bicycle patent, 1905 C024 / 3615
Double bicycle patent, 1905. Artwork of a double bicycle patent invented by Karl Lange. It was designed to perform a loop the loop stunts at circus performances

Background imageDevice Collection: Gyroscope spinning on a piece of string

Gyroscope spinning on a piece of string
Gyroscope. Toy gyroscope spinning on a piece of string. A gyroscope is a heavy spinning disc mounted so that its axis is free to adopt any orientation

Background imageDevice Collection: Circuit board

Circuit board

Background imageDevice Collection: Electricity / Voltaic Pile

Electricity / Voltaic Pile
VOLTAIC PILE The first workable device for generating a consistent flow of electricity, invented in 1799 by Alessandro Volta

Background imageDevice Collection: Nanorobots, artwork

Nanorobots, artwork
Nanorobots, computer artwork. Nanotechnology is an area of science concerned with producing mechanical entities on the scale of nanometres (billionths of a metre)

Background imageDevice Collection: Sohns Device

Sohns Device
At Daytona Beach, Florida, American birdman CLEM SOHN leaves a plane at 4000 metres, and glides to 700 metres before opening his parachute

Background imageDevice Collection: Drawing the cork, illustration by William Heath Robinson

Drawing the cork, illustration by William Heath Robinson
How to draw the cork when you can t find the corkscrew, illustration by William Heath Robinson. Credit must appear as: Courtesy of Mrs J. C

Background imageDevice Collection: OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949

OUDS: The Tempest at Worcester College, 1949
A midsummer diversion in an Oxford garden: the Oxford University Drama Societys production of Shakespeares The Tempest in the grounds of Worcester College, 1949

Background imageDevice Collection: Atomic bomb explosion

Atomic bomb explosion

Background imageDevice Collection: Micrometer screw gauge

Micrometer screw gauge. This is an instrument used to accurately measure small distances. Here it is being used to measure the thickness of a piece of wire (upper left)

Background imageDevice Collection: Fingerprint scanner, artwork

Fingerprint scanner, artwork
Fingerprint scanner, computer artwork

Background imageDevice Collection: Cold Comfort by W. Heath Robinson

Cold Comfort by W. Heath Robinson
An elegant device now in use in many seaside boarding houses to obviate the rather indelicate act of blowing on ones food to cool it

Background imageDevice Collection: New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure

New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure
The New Banting Bed for Reducing the Figure. Cartoon by William Heath Robinson

Background imageDevice Collection: World War II B25 bomber attacks Japanese ship

World War II B25 bomber attacks Japanese ship
World War II vintage photograph - B25 bomber attacks Japanese ship in China Sea

Background imageDevice Collection: Cork swimming suit patent, 1882 C024 / 3602

Cork swimming suit patent, 1882 C024 / 3602
Cork swimming suit patent, 1882. Artwork of a device designed by Paschal Plant. This clothing item consisted of mesh or netted fabric with cork applied to the surface

Background imageDevice Collection: IUD contraceptive and sperm cells

IUD contraceptive and sperm cells. Computer artwork of an intrauterine device (IUD, red and white, centre) in a womans uterus, surrounded by sperm cells (white, not to scale)

Background imageDevice Collection: Invention of the compass, Ancient China

Invention of the compass, Ancient China
Invention of the compass in Ancient China. These early compasses consisted of a magnetised needle floating in a bowl of water

Background imageDevice Collection: Dr. Merryweathers Tempest Prognosticator

Dr. Merryweathers Tempest Prognosticator
Featured in the Great Exhibition of 1851, Dr. Merryweather of Whitbys Tempest Prognosticator was designed to warn of approaching storms

Background imageDevice Collection: Bus Conductor

Bus Conductor
The bus conductor punches the tickets of his passengers, using the ingenious device which issues the right ticket for the individual requirements of each and all

Background imageDevice Collection: American barrel organ with inside mechanism, wood engravings, published 1888

American barrel organ with inside mechanism, wood engravings, published 1888
American barrel organ with punched tape technique - Automatic musical instrument from the 19th century. Right side: The inside mechanism. Wood engravings, published in 1888

Background imageDevice Collection: Kendal, Cumbria - Nether Bridge

Kendal, Cumbria - Nether Bridge over the River Kent. Date: 1910

Background imageDevice Collection: Diving apparatus patent, 1880 C024 / 3604

Diving apparatus patent, 1880 C024 / 3604
Diving apparatus patent, 1880. Artwork of a metal diving suit designed by Stephen M. Tasker. It was designed to withstand the pressure of diving in water while articulated joints allowed the wearer

Background imageDevice Collection: Fire-escape patent, 1879 C024 / 3605

Fire-escape patent, 1879 C024 / 3605
Fire-escape patent, 1879. Artwork of a fire escape device designed by Benjamin Oppenheimer. The parachute is attached by harness to the persons head while thick rubber soled shoes were worn to

Background imageDevice Collection: Ladder gripping attachment patent, 1913 C024 / 3612

Ladder gripping attachment patent, 1913 C024 / 3612
Ladder gripping attachment patent, 1913. Artwork showing a device invented by Edmond Dennis that allows two people to climb at opposite ends of a ladder suspended in mid-air.The shoe attachment grips

Background imageDevice Collection: Fusion reactor maintenance T180 / 0078

Fusion reactor maintenance T180 / 0078
^BFusion reactor maintenance. ^b Technician in the interior of a Tokamak device, which confines hot plasma. This is used in the research of fusion as a future energy source



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"Unveiling the Ingenious Device: A Journey through Time and Innovation" Step into a world where creativity knows no bounds, as we explore the fascinating realm of devices throughout history. From the bizarre to the brilliant, these captivating contraptions have shaped our lives in unimaginable ways. Delve into the depths of medieval ingenuity with the peculiar "Medieval Urine Wheel, " an unconventional invention that harnessed human waste for practical purposes. Witness William Heath Robinson's whimsical imagination come to life in his masterpiece "Ultra-Marine, " showcasing a fantastical device that defies logic. Marvel at mankind's relentless pursuit of knowledge as you encounter Curiosity rover, not just a scientific marvel but also an artwork in its own right. Yet, even brilliance can face rejection, as evidenced by those unfortunate creations deemed unworthy by the inventions board. Prepare to be astounded by moments of sheer genius like "A Swimming Stroke of Genius, " where innovation meets athleticism to create unparalleled grace. Discover precision engineering with Tungsten Carbide Slip Gauge Blocks C016/2042 - small yet mighty tools that revolutionized measurement accuracy. Journey back in time and witness celestial mechanics unfold before your eyes with "Epicycles of Mercury and Venus. " Marvel at how William Heath Robinson ingeniously solves everyday problems with his cunning strokes of brilliance. Unlock the secrets behind electrical circuits using standard symbols that have become universal language for engineers worldwide. Step into a vintage salon and experience glamour from yesteryears with the Permanent Hair-Waving Machine from 1928 – an early glimpse into beauty technology. Embark on a quest for limitless energy through fusion research, exploring tokamak devices designed to harness nuclear power safely and sustainably. Finally, witness distillation's ancient artistry depicted in a mesmerizing 16th-century woodcut – revealing humanity's thirst for knowledge since time immemorial.