Antikythera Simulation

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About this app

The Antikythera Mechanism is a small device constructed in ancient Greece around 150BC and it was mainly used for accurate astronomical measurements.
It's complexity -comparable to that of a 19th century swiss clock- is admired by historians and scientists and it is often called as "mankind's first computer".

"Antikythera Simulation" is an open source, interactive 3D simulation drawn with OpenGLES of the 2 best known models of the Antikythera Mechanism as developed by scientists, and in the same time a showcase of the capabilities of your android powered handset!
These versions are preliminary ones, without much attention to the relative gear diameters or vertical positions. However, the tooth count of the gears and the operation are accurate.

Make yourself familiar with your own history and the astonishing sophistication of this ancient device while pushing your android's Graphics Processing Unit to the edge!
Touch-pan, rotate and pinch zoom in the 3D model and let hardware acceleration do the rest.
Check how many frames per second your android can render.
It looks best on high-end devices. Tablets supported.
There is also a brief explanation and history note in the "about" section.

* No permissions required, open-source, no ads, totally free and hopefully bug-free

You may find the project's source code at github:


version 0.97:
* Supported by all android versions above 1.6. (Multitouch not available in android < 2.0)
* Open source
* Apps2SD
* Hardware acceleration with OpenGLES
* Minimal memory usage
Updated on
Mar 9, 2013

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236 reviews
Daniel Kian Mc Kiernan
January 15, 2022
Fun, but in dire need of updating, to accommodate the latest research.
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A Google user
September 24, 2019
Bleh. I wanted to be able to read and understand the mechanism, not to just see how it works. The diagrams are in Greek, which is a language i don't read.
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Fiv Asim
October 13, 2019
Thanks for very constructive feedback on a free and open source application. You should read the description before downloading
Russell Ryan
December 28, 2020
I'm a bit late to the party, but great stuff and thanks for making it open source. Cool
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What's new

-Added a button to easily switch between pan and rotate modes.
-Open-sourced the project. You may find the source code at github (direct link in app description)