High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! A radio latino is a
measuring instrument used in surveying and military engineering
starting in the 16th century. It gets its name from the inventor,
Latino Orsini. The radio latino can be considered a kind of
geometric square. It was a general purpose instrument that could be
used for a variety of angular measurements as well as depth and
inside dimension measures. The slider (blue in the diagram to the
right) could move along the central rod, causing the deltoid formed
by four other rods to change shape symmetrically. The end points of
the rods had sights on them, allowing various sight lines to be
defined. The central rod was graduated with various scales. These
scales allowed the angles between the end rods (represented by the
red lines in the diagram) to be determined as well as the angle
with its vertex at one end of the main rod and sides (represented
by the green lines in the diagram) through the outer joints of the
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