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You don’t have to be a fan of science fiction films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey to have an appreciation—or fear—of robots.
It’s funny to think that robots have been around for over two-hundred years…so the idea of an animated humanoid is certainly nothing new.
A Brief History of Robots
1810—Friedrich Kauffman, a German inventor, created the first humanoid robot in Dresden, Germany. The robot was soldier with a trumpet and was a main stay at World Fairs and the like for almost 150 years.
1928—Eric, was created by W.H. Richards. Eric’s body consisted of aluminum, and held eleven electromagnets. Powered by a twelve-volt battery, Eric could move its arms and head via remote control or voice command.
1939—Westinghouse Electric Corporation created “Elektro,” a seven-foot tall robot that used a record player to “speak” 700 words. Elektro could also smoke a cigarette (remember, this is pre-World War II when cigarettes were touted as almost healthy) and inflate a balloon.