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Karl Drais (29 April 1785 – 10 December 1851) was a German inventor, who invented theLaufmaschine ("running machine"), also later called the velocipededraisine (English) ordraisienne (French), also nicknamed the dandy horse. This incorporated the two-wheeler principle that is basic to the bicycle and motorcycle and was the beginning of mechanized personal transport. Drais also invented the earliest typewriter with a keyboard in 1821, later developed into an early stenograph machine, a meat grinder, and a wood-saving cooker using a hay chest.

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