Early Mobile Robot Timeline

This page is a timeline showing early Mobile Robots, events, and dates being the creation or announcement of these robots.

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Early Autonomous Mobile Robots
 
1953 – Beetle
1971-4 – JASON
1972 – SRI "Flakey" 
1977 – "Mike" "Microtron" Todd Loofbourrow
1977 – "NEWT" by Rolf Hollis
1977 – "Hilare"
1978 – Peter Folk's Inexpensive Turtle
1979 – Heiserman – "Rodney" 
1978 – "Tee Toddler"
1980 – Big Trak   ( Big Track )                    
1980 – "Unicorn-1"
1981-3 – Pluto CMU Rover – Hans Moravec et al
1982c – "ROBART"
1982 – "RB5X"
1983 – "Kludge" by John M. Holland
1987c – "Herbert" by Brooks, Connell, Ning

Early Remote-Controlled Mobile Robots

1939 – "Teletank" R/C tank (Soviet)
194x – "Goliath" R/C mini-tank (German)
1952 – "Electron" -R/C-Car
 
Personal and Promotional Robots
1962 – "Emily" White-line follower by Dickman  
1964 – Steam-Pudding  (1st steam powered mobile r/c robot!)
1964 – "Fred" a light-seeking robot – Peter Holland
196x – Rdney Brooks – "Norman"
1966 – Dalek model
1969 –  Seymour Papert & Minsky – LOGO Turtle
1969 – Hannaford – Meccano 
1974-76 – Kaplan
 
Early Emergency Mobile Robots
1962 – Robot Fire Cart – Thring
Klin-1 (Soviet)
STR-1 (Soviet)
Mobot-Ch-HV (Soviet)