1936 – “Robie” the Radio-Controlled Robot – Arthur Wilson (American)
Caption: Here is "Robie," the amazing radio controlled mechanical man that can do practically everything but think. He is the brain child of Arthur Wilson of Chicago, Illinois.
Modern Mechanix December 1936
Mechanical Wonder Man Is Operated By Radio Control
"Robie," a mechanical robot walks, talks, smokes and winks his eyes when electrical impulses are transmitted to his "radio" brain. The unusual animated character is the work of Arthur Wilson, of Chicago, Illinois. More than a year's work and the assistance of three men were required to perfect the robot which is constructed of sheet metal and wood.
The interior of the mechanical man is a maze of electrical apparatus which is used in providing speech and motion. A special receiver picks up the shortwave impulses sent out by his remote controlled mind, station W9X10, to provide animation.