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South-pointing Chariots

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Part of the History Of Mechanism And Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 3)

Many ancient Chinese legends refer to the mysterious invention of the south-pointing carriage. It was a chariot on which was mounted a figure with an outstretched arm that continuously pointed south no matter which way the chariot turned. This device is called the south-pointing chariot and is found in literary records but without surviving hardware. However, various reconstructions of its designs have existed in past years.

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Topological Structure Transmission Mechanism Revolute Joint Song Dynasty Bevel Gear 
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