Elektro, the Oldest U.S. Robot

Fri, 11 Feb 2005 14:59:27 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
Elektro, the Oldest U.S. Robot

If you happen to be around Ohio this coming fall, don't miss an exhibit
at the Mansfield Memorial Museum featuring the 7-foot-tall Elektro,
the oldest U.S. robot with its 65 years. "Elektro is the only survivor
of a group of eight robots created by Westinghouse in Mansfield between
1931 to 1940 for several hundred thousand dollars each,"

...

Back in 1939, Elektro was able to walk, talk, raise and lower his arms,
turn his head and move his mouth as he spoke. It used a 78-rpm record
player to simulate conversation and had a vocabulary of more than 700
words.Thousands of people enjoyed Elektro at the New York World's Fair
in 1939. It even appeared in a long-time forgotten movie, "Sex Kittens
Go to College," also known as "The Beauty and the Robot."

http://www.primidi.com/2005/02/10.html

Share and enjoy,
                *** Xanni ***
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                         Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                       Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/                   Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                      Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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Fri, 11 Feb 2005 13:30:00 +0900

Yukihiko Yoshida <yukihiko [at] sfc.keio.ac.jp>

Yukihiko Yoshida
Hi Andrew ---

OpenPino:
http://www.openpino.org/
This is latest Japanese Humanoid Project.

Best Wishes from TOKYO,
Yukihiko YOSHIDA

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Tue, 15 Feb 2005 01:45:24 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
On Fri, Feb 11, 2005 at 01:30:00PM +0900, Yukihiko Yoshida wrote:
OpenPino:
http://www.openpino.org/
This is latest Japanese Humanoid Project.

Unfortunately I was not able to access this web site
(the DNS servers for the openpino.org domain are delegated to
dns.interq.or.jp and dns1.interq.or.jp but those servers report that
they do not have any information for openpino.org.)

However it looks like this may be the same or a related website:

http://www.symbio.jst.go.jp/PINO/

Looks cool!  Thanks for letting us know.

Cheers,
        Andrew
--
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net                         Andrew Pam
http://www.xanadu.com.au/                       Chief Scientist, Xanadu
http://www.glasswings.com.au/                   Partner, Glass Wings
http://www.sericyb.com.au/                      Manager, Serious Cybernetics

Mon, 14 Jan 2008 01:42:25 +1000

R42 <rocket42au [at] yahoo.com.au>

R42
Footage of Elektro at the 1939 World's Fair
can downloaded free at the Internet Movie Archive  :-

http://www.archive.org/details/middleton_family_worlds_fair_1939

Sad that he was used to promote smoking !



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