In the 16th century, Italian military engineer Agostino Ramelli designed the bookwheel for serious Renaissance scholars. The mechanical device allowed the user to turn from one book to another in relatively quick succession, kind of like today's e-readers. In 2018, a group of undergraduate engineering students at the Rochester Institute of Technology set out to build two.
Joshua Foer's Ramelli Wheel from Cabinet on Vimeo.
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