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Drawing machine uses patents to tell stories


Perpetual Storytelling Aparatus by Julius von Bismarck & Benjamin Maus:

The “Perpetual Storytelling Apparatus” is a drawing machine illustrating a never-ending story by the use of patent drawings. The machine translates words of a text into patent drawings. Seven million patents — linked by over 22 million references — form the vocabulary. By using references to earlier patents, it is possible to find paths between arbitrary patents. They form a kind of subtext. New visual connections and narrative layers emerge through the interweaving of the story with the depiction of technical developments.

[via @kio_pio]

7 thoughts on “Drawing machine uses patents to tell stories

  1. What a cool device! The final product it creates is beautiful! I think I just realized that I love patent illustrations. Having them zig zag along the sheet is especially a nice. Great concept as well!

  2. What a brilliant creation – (patent drawing illustrations were once an integral part of issuance)

    Imagine if Tesla had this tool?

    How many world problems could be solved if we all used this?

    (They should expand this product to be a tool to communicate between people who aren’t understanding each other textually)

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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