South-pointing Chariots

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.


Topological Structure Transmission Mechanism Revolute Joint Song Dynasty Bevel Gear 
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