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[iOS] Antikythera Mechanism $0 (Was $2.99) @ Apple App Store


No IAPs. Nice 3D simulation of an ancient piece of human history.

It’s collecting analytics/diagnostics and user data (device info) through unity analytics. Privacy policy is not available.

DNS logs: https://i.imgur.com/wrZPxFs.jpg

Since it doesn’t require any extra permissions needed and only collects data through Unity analytics (a well known service), it’s safe to use.

This is a working simulation of the Ancient Greek device dating back two thousand years, accidentally discovered on a shipwreck near the island of Antikythera.

A detailed 3D inspection is available with two viewing modes: the external mode for the outer sections and dials, and the internal mode which offers a close inspection of the gear arrangements which drive all pointers. The swipe-rotate and pinch-zoom functions are available to navigate in and around the mechanism and a corresponding vertical slider is also available for panning vertically. The crank input of the device is controlled by the point slider at the bottom, enabling clockwise and anti-clockwise turning at varying speeds. The Egyptian Solar Calendar dial can be rotated incrementally using the + - controls on the bottom left.

Along with downloading this remarkable ancient mechanism on your device, we hope you explore this website in tandem to appreciate its function and history.

Information about the machine:


The Antikythera mechanism ( AN-tih-kih-THEER-ə) is an ancient Greek hand-powered orrery, described as the oldest example of an analogue computer used to predict astronomical positions and eclipses decades in advance. It could also be used to track the four-year cycle of athletic games which was similar to an Olympiad, the cycle of the ancient Olympic Games. This artefact was among wreckage retrieved from a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera in 1901. On 17 May 1902 it was identified as containing a gear by archaeologist Valerios Stais.

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    It's on display in Athens, so when (if?) we ever get to go overseas again I'd recommend a visit.
    The rest of the museum is pretty great too.


    Thanks for describing the tracking situation. I refuse to install any apps that collect personal or even a lot of “non identifying” information (which collectively ends up basically being identifying). I’ll give this one a look, I’ve always been interested in the mechanism.

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    Ain't free no more.