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Posted: 10:32:20 PM, 26/08/2011

Fascinating robot dog from the 1950s

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The How Things Work group on Yahoo is jumping from topic to topic with the agility of a mountain goat.


Someone just provided a link to an article along with a brief message saying "This is an amazing piece of work that seems to have no history."



Since I love robots and the subject of the message was "Interesting robot dog from the 1950s" I just had to bounce over there and take a look (Click here to see the article).


It seems that Daniel C. Dennett C a professor at Tufts University in Massachusetts C spotted this unusual robot dog in a shop in France and he quickly snapped it up. (I don't blame him C if I'd seen something like this I would have bought it without thinking.)


This is just so amazingly cool. It's almost a retro version of Doctor Who's robot dog K-9 (I remember thinking K-9 was so cool when I was a kid ... but truth to tell I'm glad he's no longer with the Doctor apart from the occasional guest appearance).


But let's not wander off into the weeds... take a look at the picture below and see what you think:

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robot-dog.jpg


So now the big question is "Who made this little beauty and why?" I would also like to know just what it's capable of, because it looks much too sophisticated for a radio controlled model. It appears to pre-date integrated circuits, so I'm assuming that it's transistor-based and uses analog environmental detection (proximity, touch, light, sound?) and control functions.


Ooooh! I would love to get my hands on this...


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