Early Humanoid Robots

A timeline showing the history of Humanoid Robots, events with dates being the creation or announcement of the robots.

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robot x50 Early Humanoid Robots Etymology of the word ROBOT
NoPhotoAvailable Early Humanoid Robots 1848- "Mr. Eisenbrass" – German-Automaton  Dr Lube
1868 DederickSteamMan600 x80(1) Early Humanoid Robots 1867- all The Steam Men
Ali Electric Automaton 1886 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1886- Ali the Electrical Automaton – De Lacy
eman2 x80(1) Early Humanoid Robots 1894- "Electric Man" 
BarbarossaP1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1909- "Occultus" / "Barbarossa" – Adolph Whitman
NoPhotoAvailable Early Humanoid Robots 1911- "Miss Automaton" – Belcher
FrenchAutomaton1913 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1913 – French Automaton
 Early Humanoid Robots 1920- Capt Alban J. Roberts – "Kaiser" 
CaptAlbanJRobertsRobotLondona x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1923-28 Capt A.J. Roberts – Robot
SVbilderdienstgate00053007 Early Humanoid Robots 1924- Radio Automaton / Robot Soldier  – Hugo Gernsback 
1928 robot~s600x600VU Mag Televox x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1927- Roy J. Wensley – "Herbert Televox" (Westinghouse) 
EricHeadP1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1928 – Capt W.H. Richards – "Eric Robot" – RUR
mechman pxxc3 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1928 – Mechanical Man – "Rupert" I and II 
The Psychophonic Nurse Frank R Paul 1928 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1928 – "The Psychophonic Nurse" (Fiction) by David H. Keller
Gakutensoku 4 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1928 – "Gakutensoku" by Makoto Nishimura
MrTeleluxSanAntonioLight06091931 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1929 – "Telelux" – (Westinghouse)
drmotor1 Early Humanoid Robots 1929 – "Dr Motor" – Tarján Ferenc 
Geervliet Mechanical Man 1929 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1929 – "M. M." the Mechanische Mensch (Mechanical Man) – P. Geerlviet Jr.
MetalManp1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – Sheet Metal Man
 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – Wendling – "Televox" (Swiss)
SABORIIP1 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – Huber – "SABOR II"
KerrvilleMountainSun08051930p8KatrinaVanTelevox0000 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – "Katrina Van Televox" (Westinghouse)
RastusRobotWilliamTell x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – "Rastus" & "Willie Jr." (Westinghouse)
Mitsui2 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – Yasutaro Mitsui 's Robot 
Remarque x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – Remarque the Robot in Japan
RadioManRCJul31p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1931 – "Mr. Radio Robot"
vokalitewillie Early Humanoid Robots 1931 – "Willie Vocalite" – Westinghouse –  Barnett
Alpha1932sit x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1932 – "Alpha" aka "Roboter" – Harry May 
George wintergartenBerlin p3 Early Humanoid Robots 1932 – "George" & "Robert" – Capt W.H. Richards
lafayette the iron man robot 1932 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1932 – The Iron Man
Mr Ohm Kilowatt p2 Early Humanoid Robots 1933 – "Mr OhmKilowatt"
willierobot49c Early Humanoid Robots 1933 – "Willie" – Bober
Cocktail Robot 1933 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1933 – Cocktail Robot
1933 Tillie the robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1933 – "Tillie the Technocrat" Robot
Robot FortuneTellerp1 Early Humanoid Robots 1934 – Fortune Teller Robot
popscijun1934p19   Copy x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1934 – "Egbert" – Franklin Institute
MACAZ web cuba robot 1934 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1934 – "Macaz" Cuban Robot
beachrobot Early Humanoid Robots 1934 – "Mac Robot"
mechanical man c1935 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1935 – Unknown Mechanical Man
Mr  X robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1935 – "Mr X – Radio Robot"
06 technika kep1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1935 – "Anthrophor" by Franz Von Okolicsanyi 
popscioct1935 tenenbaum robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1935 – Lifelike Robot – Milton Tenenbaum
Robie robot ModMechanixDec1936 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1936 – "Robie" the Radio-Controlled Robot
 Early Humanoid Robots 1936-37 – B2M – (ROM or V2M) Vadim Vatskevich
RobotTexas1936CentennialExpo Early Humanoid Robots 1936 – Negro Mechanical Man
BudapestP2 Early Humanoid Robots 1937 – Budapest Robot
professor arcadius x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1937 – Professor Arcadius – Decamps & Durand
ElektroP5 Early Humanoid Robots 1937 – "Elektro" – Westinghouse
radio robot 1937 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1937 – Radio Robot
SABORIII man02 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1938 – Huber's "SABOR IV"
BigLooieP1 Early Humanoid Robots 1938 – Rizzo – "Big Looie"
smokingrobot1939 Early Humanoid Robots 1938 – 1st Robot by Charles Lawson 
Clarence  p2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1939 – "Clarence"
SupermanDennis Early Humanoid Robots 1939 – "Superman Dennis" by Charles Lawson
sparko px1 Early Humanoid Robots 1940 – "Sparko"  – Westinghouse
Roll oh p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1940 – “Roll-Oh” the Domestic Robot
SaborIVP2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1947 – Huber & Steuer's SABOR V
robot anatolestedelijkmuseum19nov1976 neon Early Humanoid Robots 1948 – "Anatole the Robot" a.k.a. "Marsulus" and "Gustave"
rizzo 28oct1948 neon x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1948 – "Robin the Robot" – Patrick Rizzo
George1950 090 Early Humanoid Robots 1949 – Tony Sale – "George the Robot"
NSU robot bike 1950 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1950 – N.S.U. Motorcycle Robot Driver 
NoPhotoAvailable Early Humanoid Robots 1951 – "James the Intelligent Robot" – Edmund C. Berkeley 
JoeDynamoP1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1951 – "Joe Dynamo"
KleberColombes French51 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1952 – Unknown – Paris
mechanical ebenezer mijun52 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1952 – "Ebenezer" Robot 
roberto DRKp1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1952 – "Roberto"
Garcop3a x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1953 – "Garco" – Chapman
Horacep3 Early Humanoid Robots 1953 – "Horace the Robot"
MrMagnetron p1 Early Humanoid Robots 1953 – "Mr Magnetron"
el chispas robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots  1953 – "El Chispas" (Sparks) Robot by Antoni Gual Segura
SABORVp4 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1954 – Peter Steuer & Eric Lanz SABOR V
MI Jan67 Anatole x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1954 – "Anatole" the Robot Secretary
Thodar the robot 1954 p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1954 – "Thodar the Robot" – Ron Hezel 
USARobot1 Early Humanoid Robots 1954 – "Gismo the Peaceful"
Magnamo Life31Dec1954p2a   Copy x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1954 – "Magnamo"
Arthur1955 Robot Early Humanoid Robots 1955 – "Arthur the Robot" –  Kirt Golden
Robotham x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1955 – "Mr Robotham" – Holland
Robbie robot 1016 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1956 – "Robert the Robot" – Bernard Smith 
Gygan airshow x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1957 – "Gygan" / "Cygan"  -Dr. Ing. Piero Fiorito 
hombre forcylor 1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1957 – "Hombre FORCYLOR"
Robetron x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1957 – "Robotron"
romolo II rome 1957 Early Humanoid Robots 1957 – "Romoletto"
Otto Robot Florida ASEE robot 1957 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1957 – "Otto" the Robot
roboter scholz 58 mm6 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1958 – Scholz "MM6"
robot mekko amsterdam22sep1958p1 neon x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1958 – Wendling – "Mekko" / "Firato"
sv40026465 Early Humanoid Robots 1958 – "COSMOS the Martian" 
SABOR Nico italian p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1959 – Peter Steuer's Nico, St. Nikolaus, and SamiKlause
PymRumRussianrobotsCover Early Humanoid Robots 1959 – РУМ (RUM) – Vadim Matskevich
russian p4 Early Humanoid Robots 1960 – ТУМ (TUM) – Vadim Vatskevich
FreemanHomebuilt Early Humanoid Robots 1960 – Rudy- Michael Freeman
ChineseRobot61 p3 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1961 – Chinese Robot
Rainbow model RCMEDec61px x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1961 – "Rainbow" by A.M. Atton
Scholz getty3092725 Early Humanoid Robots 1961 – Scholz "MM7" "MM47"
Torun Robot 1962 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1962 – Torun – Polish Robot by Marian Jasnoch
russian robot 62 3 kirov x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1962 – Kirov Robots
redrussianp2 Early Humanoid Robots 1963 – Сепулька (Sepulka) – Russian Tour Guide
Copy of Vanya Early Humanoid Robots 1964c – Vanya or GPTU
Bruce Lacey Electric Actors 2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1963 – Electric Actors – Bruce Lacey
jayson robot GPN119 19640521 009a x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1964 – Jayson the Robot
Freddie Ford Robot 66 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1964 – Freddie Ford the Robot
K456 p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1964 – K456 – Nam Jun Paik & Shuya Abe
Lacey rosabosom65 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1965 – R.O.S.A. B.O.S.O.M. by Bruce Lacey
Hungarian Robot Nemes p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1965 – Hungarian Robot
Tri AngMeccano1965 robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1965 – Meccano Promo Robot
kunibert RCMEMay65px x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1965 – "Kunibert" by L. Hilderbrand
android nasa 1960s x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1965 – NASA Robot Astronaut
Tinker2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1966 – Dennis Weston – "Tinker"
robot2t2 1CaptCosmic1966 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1966 – Robot 2T2 
 Early Humanoid Robots 1966 – ARS (АРС) – Boris Grishin
tm 1973 03p24 Fedichkin robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1966 – Bip-Bipom John (Бип-Бипом джон) – Fedichkin
Volzhanintm 1967 08p13RobotsVarious Early Humanoid Robots 1966 – Volzhanin (Волжанин)
RobotRodnee1966 getty3137510 Early Humanoid Robots 1966 – Rodnee Robot – Southall
OlegRobot1967 Early Humanoid Robots1967- Soviet Circus Robot –  Oleg Sokol
036297Kalingradrobot1969 Early Humanoid Robots 1967- Neptune (Нептун), Electron (электрон) – Vasilenko
 Early Humanoid Robots 1967 – Sibiryak (Сибиряк) Sirbian Robot
Sim 1 NGNov70 p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1967 – Sim One  – Denson & Abrahamson
MrMagnetron075 Early Humanoid Robots 1967 – "Mr Magnetron"
RussianRobot1968p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1968 – Alpha-BC (Альфа-БС)
CommanderRobot Catalog p2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1969 – Coleman  –  "Commander Robot"
malinovsky x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1969-70 – RZR (РЗР) Malinovsky Bikchentaev
dennisweston percy pmmay1970p93b x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – Dennis Weston – "Percy"
 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – Expo-70 Robot – Vadim Matskevich's students
MalyshA TM721037 0001 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – Baby Robot (МАЛЫША)
 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – "REM"
RussianTicketTM7110O4 0001 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – Conductor Robot – (Russian)
 Early Humanoid Robots 1971 – MARSIK (марсик)
RUKAspottersguideR5p2 Early Humanoid Robots 1971 – BWKA (or Beech) (БУКА)
robbie robot mackenzie press 2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1973 – “Robbie” the Pulpit Robot by Rev. Ron Mackenzie
SABOR V Orbitus x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1976 – Peter Steuer's SABOR V  "Orbitus"
Robbie76p2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1976 – Robbie by Tom Clayton
AROKj2p1 Early Humanoid Robots 1977 – Skora – "AROK" & "SNEB"
maisie1977 DavidStrangep1 Early Humanoid Robots 1977 – "Maisie"
quester70 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1977 – "Klatu"  Quasar Ind.
tony ellis vintage robot c1979 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1979 – Tony Ellis – "Vintage" Robot
Reynolds p1 x80(1) Early Humanoid Robots 1979 – Electromechanical Servant 
TOMATON robot Lenny Schectman 79 press x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1979 –  "Tomaton" the Robot – Lenny Schectman
Robotham Getty3229695 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1980-  Peter Holland – "Mr Robotham the Great"
SICO x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1980 – "SICO"  Robert Doornick
Orion 1980p2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1980 – Orion Robot (Орион)
RB5X Marsh p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1982 – RB5X
MAP 1 agric robot 2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1982-4 – MAR-1 Agricultural Robot by V. P. Goryachkina
OmnivoreVORp1 Early Humanoid Robots 1983 – "VOR" OMNIVOR – OMNIVAC Lonergan/Frederick
marvin4 Early Humanoid Robots 1983 – MARVIN
pal robot trumbull 85 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1985 – "Pal" (a.k.a. "H.E.N.R.I. VIII") the Robot – Doug Trumbull
mcandroids psjul85 c1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1985 – McAndroid – Jon Barron et al
george Futurebotsp1 Early Humanoid Robots 1985 – George Robot – Dan Mathias
Shadow robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1988 – "Shadow" Anthropomorphic Robot – David Buckley
manny 1b x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1988 – "Manny" the Robot Mannequin
Chris Shute Mystic Mec 2011 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 2011 – "Mystic Mec" by Chris Shute

 

 

carletto1   Copy x80 Early Humanoid Robots Miscellaneous and Unknown Robots inc "Carletto" (Italian)

robot ducret x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1955 – Ducret's Robot
dalek model RCMEJan66px x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1966 – Dalek model by C. Rowland
sam1 Early Humanoid Robots 1978 – Sam
arthur robot 1981a Early Humanoid Robots 1981 – Argon – Arthur

Early Mobile Robots now has its own page here.

Old Science Fair robots  now has its own page here.

Pseudo Automata, Fakes & Robot costumes now has its own page here.

 

Early Japanese Robots

Gakutensoku 4 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1928 – Gakutensoku by Makoto Nishimura
Mitsui2 Early Humanoid Robots 1930 – Yasutaro Mitsui 's Robot 
Jiro Aizawa with robots x80(1) Early Humanoid Robots 1934 – Jiro Aizawa
aizawa train 1936 press 1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1936 – Robot Remote Controlled Train
Aizawa musical robots x80 Early Humanoid Robots 19xx – Mini-Musician Robots
aizawa old mid size robot 1947 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1947 – Universal Robot No. 2
aizawa elephant 023l x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1948 – "Tamakichi-kun" the Mechanical Elephant
Osaru densha monkey train robot aizawa 1948 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1948 – Ueno's Robotized "Monkey Train"
aizawa clock robot 1957 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1957 – Time-telling Robot
Ichiro Aizawa robot p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1959 – Mr. Ichiro the Robot
Aizawa robots Malone x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1960 – Mr. Shinsuk the Robot
Mr Fujio Aizawa robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1961 – Mr. Fugio the Robot
Aizawa robots colour mr spark x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1962c – Mr. Spark the Robot
Goro aizawa J4p2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1962 – Goro the Robot
Saburo Dr Zirou Aizawa x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1960 – Mr. Saburo the Robot
hachiro aizawa robot 4 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1967 – Mr. Hachiro the Robot
Japanese Robot MrJuro x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1967 – Mr. Juro the Robot
missrobot atomic tokyo 12may1968 aizawa neon x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1968 – Atomic Drawing & Stamping Robot
restored taro camera robot aizawa cat x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1969 – Mr. Taro the Cameraman Robot
Kuro kun expo70 2 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – Mr. Kuro the Robot
Expo Robot p1 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – 7ft-tall Blue Robot – Expo'70
Mr Tetsu stamping robot aizawa green 1973 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1973 – Mr. Tetsu Green Stamping Robot
Aizawa Ryo Kun drawing robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 19xx – Mr. Ryo the Drawing Robot
Aizawa Mr stamp blue dai II x80(1) Early Humanoid Robots 19xx – Blue Stamping Robot
Aizawa 50610 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 19xx – Unknown Robot
Aizawa 70205 x80 Early Humanoid Robots 19xx – Mr. "Robot"
Expo70 robots x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – Expo'70 Fujipan Pavillion Robots
expo70 Arata Isozaki robot x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1970 – Expo'70 Osaka Demonstration Robot by Arata Isozaki
COSMO1 1983c p1b x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1983 – COSMO1 – Dainichi Kiko
Marco Automax Schodt x80 Early Humanoid Robots 1985 – Marco and the Fuyo Robot Theater Expo'85