10 of Leonardo da Vinci’s Weirdest Inventions: Part 2

6) Giant Crossbow

Many of Leonardo da Vinci’s warfare designs were meant to intimidate the enemy, a brilliant understanding of war. This crossbow would do just that. It was designed at 27 yards across, and it’s ammunition would be rocks or bombs. The user would have to use a crank to pull back the bow and load the ammunition. To launch, the solider would have to knock out the holding pin with a mallet.

7) Clock

Although he didn’t invent the clock, Leonardo da Vinci created a clock that was more detailed. His clock was more accurate, and had better design techniques. For one, his clock used springs instead of weights. It also had a dial to help the user keep track of moon phases. Something that is also interesting about this invention, is some of the materials that he wanted to use, diamonds and rocks, something that is glorified today in many wrist watches.

8) Parachute

Many consider the first partial parachute invention to be made by Sebastien Lenormand in 1783. Leonardo da Vinci had thought of the idea much earlier. He created a design that was triangular, and had a wood frame with linen covering. Many had skepticism because of it’s build and material, saying it would probably not catch enough air and it’s build was bulky, but in 2000 Adrian Nichols tested it, and it worked. He also said it was a smoother ride.

9) Flying Machine

Leonardo Da Vinci loved the subject of aviation. He was inspired by winged animals, and this invention reflected it. Many think the bat inspired this machine as the wings feature points. The wingspan of this machine was 33 feet. The frame was made of pine and covered silk to assist with easier flight. To power the machine there would be a crank system for the pilot. The pilot would lay face down and could utilize ahead piece for steering. The wings were designed to twist and flap.

10) Scuba Gear

This invention was originally made to help soldiers create sneak attacks from underwater. He created a leather diving suit, it had a mask also. For the nose, there were two cane tubs that connected to a diving bell that would be floating on the surface. It’s purpose was for providing air to the diver. The diver would also have assistance resurfacing or diving deeper, as they would have an balloon that can inflate or deflate. There was also a pouch where the diver could urinate in.

Many of his skills worked together. His art, philosophical and technological know how played together to create magnificent designs. Many of his inventions, today, seem to have com to fruition.

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