Still Used Today

Leonardo da Vinci Inventions Used Today

There are many Leonardo da Vinci Inventions still used today. Unfortunately the VAST majority of Leonardo’s inventions passed through history unknown, and had to be  re-invented by someone else, the reason for this is because Leonardo never published many of his notes and they remained unseen for several hundred years.

However he can still be regraded as the original inventor of many things that are still used today. Here are some of them -

  • The ball bearing – used in almost every moving machine, from laser printers to the 747, modern society would not function without the ball bearing
  • the parachute – Leonardo’s parachute was drawn 300 years before the first parachute was ever used, it was tested in 2005 and found to work
  • his mirror grinding machine – still used by amateur telescope makers
  • the scissors – no comment necessary :)
  • portable bridges – still used by the military
  • the bucket-wheel excavator – still used in coal mines all over the world
  • the mitre lock, used on thousands of canals all over the world
  • the odometer – although Leonardo’s odometer was crude, it still measured distance accurately, it helped him to draw his maps with precision, odometers are found on almost every modern form of transport.
  • the spring drive – Leonardo invented the first spring driven mechanism. Spring driven mechanisms nowadays have been downgraded to that of toys as they cannot produce prolonged power production
  • the anemometer – these are still used by meteorologists and many others for measuring wind speeds
  • the double hull for ships – this was basically a hull inside a hull, if one was punctured the ship could still stay afloat, still used by the military and larger sea faring ships. If the Titanic of 1912 had have had Leonardo’s invention from 400 years earlier, it would still be afloat
  • robots – Leonardo invented the first robot in history,  this is the reason why many robotic companies use his “vitruvian man” as their company logos
  • the rack and pinion gear system – this is still used on almost every car ever built. The rack and pinion gear system converts the rotary motion of the steering wheel to turn the cars wheels left and right
  • constantly variable transmission – Leonardo’s design for the constantly variable transmission was the first of its type. Nothing similar would be seen until a patent was filed by Daimler and Benz in 1888!!! He can however be seen as the original inventor of this machine