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1959 – Webb Radio-controlled Electric Lawnmower – Vic Rigby (British)

ROBOT GARDENING

 1959   Webb Radio controlled Electric Lawnmower   Vic Rigby (British)

Selected Originals – ROYALTY SEE FLOWER SHOW

 1959   Webb Radio controlled Electric Lawnmower   Vic Rigby (British)

1583.19 | Selected Originals – ROYALTY SEE FLOWER SHOW (1:41:04:00 – 1:45:47:00) 28/05/1959

Robot lawn mower
Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story "Royalty See Flower Show" 59/43.

Various shots Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh (Prince Philip) and Princess Margaret. Various shots Princess Margaret looking at remote control lawn mower. Various shots Queen and Duke arriving at show, they are greeted by a couple, the Queen pecks them on the cheek as if they were old friends. Various shots Queen and Duke looking at robot lawnmower in action. Otherwise, rest of shots similar to newsreel story.


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Pensioner Alfred Ellery controlling the Webb Radio-Controlled Lawnmower at the 1959 Chelsea Flower Show. 

He Waited 76 Years For This: A Radio-controlled lawn mower was demonstrated at the high point show of the British gardening year, London's fashionable Chelsea Flower Show. Photo Shows 78-year-old Chelsea Pensioners Alfred Ellery, feet up, puffing a cigarette makes a gardeners dream come true. The lawn mower, speed two miles an hour, travels where he wishes at the touch of a Switch. Note: Chelsea Pensioners, a familiar London sight in their red coats, live at the Chelsea Hospital, founded in 1682 by Charles II so that old Soldiers could end their days in comfort and peace.

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RADIO-CONTROLLED LAWN MOWER ON SHOW AT THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW. [26 May 1959]

The first radio-controlled lawn mower will be shown to the public for the first time at tomorrow's opening of the Chelsea Flower Show. 
                                     
The mower travels at nearly 2 m.p.h., has a 14-inch cutting width and makes 60 clips to the yard.  It has independent "four-point" suspension to ride undulations in the lawn.   Its 1/3 h.p. 24-volt battery operated motor is remotely controlled by two switches on the user's radio transmitter, The effective range of radio control is up to a mile.

ABOVE PHOTO SHOWS:-  The Webb Radio-controlled electric lawnmower, pictured at today's private view of the Chelsea Flower Show.

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Pamela Webber controlling the Webb Radio-controlled electric lawnmower at the Chelsea Flower Show, 1959.

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Webb lawnmower [tondeuse radiocommandé] at the Miracle Garden Exhibition in Paris, 1960.

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H.R.H. The Duke of Windsor at the Miracle Garden Exhibition in Paris, 1960.

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Vic Rigby was the electronician working for E.D. Ltd who developed the R/C and electrical equipment.

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See full pdf here of the Radio Control Models & Electronics, Sept 1960 article.


See other early remote-controlled and robotic lawn mowers here.


 

1959 – Cybernetic Mice play Hockey – Mullard (British)

hockey turtle robots La Tecnica Illustrata 1959 03 x640 1959   Cybernetic Mice play Hockey   Mullard (British)An early example of multiple robotic creatures operating together. Other than light and touch sensors, there's no other apparent interaction with them. Possibly an early but simple example of swarm robotics and collaborative robots.

English translation of article text:

To emphasize wont in machine control, a British firm [Mullard] of electronic devices has created these mechanical mice playing hockey on the ice. Each mouse is equipped with a photoelectric cell. Circuits and polarized magnetic lines of force, located under the floor, move the mice to the hatch into which they let the ball.

Source: La Tecnica Illustrata, March 1959.

Per dare risalto ai suol controlli per macchine, una ditta britannica di apparecchi elettronici ha realizzato questi topolini meccanici che giocano a hockey sul ghiaccio. Ciascun topolino e munito di una cellula fotoelettrica. Circuiti polarizzati e linee magnetiche di forza, situate sotto il piano, fanno muovere i topolini verso la porta nella quale devono far entrare la palla.

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The Mullard logo.


See all the Cybernetic Animals and Creatures here.


 

1997 – Noo-Noo Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (Prop) – Mark Dean (British)

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Noo-Noo (operated by Mark Dean) is the Teletubbies' sky blue pet. He is in Teletubbyland as a type of vacuum cleaner. He rarely leaves the House. He doesn't speak like Teletubbies can; he makes sucking and slurping noises. At times, Noo-Noo gets annoyed with the Teletubbies' antics or get too excited and therefore can vacuum their food or favourite things. the Teletubbies shout 'Naughty Noo Noo' and chase him around the House. The Chase always ends with a Big Hug. Noo Noo has a removable brush on top of him, it's very rare that his brush is removed, it can be seen removed in the episode Swans and the video Big Hug.

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Mark Dean from Wolverhampton played Noo Noo throughout the Teletubbies recordings. He also built props and carried out special effects.

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Toy version.

noo noo 1997   Noo Noo Robotic Vacuum Cleaner (Prop)   Mark Dean (British)


See other early remote-controlled and robotic vacuum cleaners and floor scrubbers here.


 

1968 – Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper – Rowland Emett – (British)

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The "Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper" from the 1968 movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". The movie is set in 1910.

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The original contrivance is on show at Ripley's Believe It or Not! museum.

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Rowland Emett's 1968 sketch of the Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper.

The "Little Dragon Carpet Cleaner" from 1968

This is a Machine no home of 1910 should have been without.

The Little Dragon crouches upon its four rubber-tyred wheels, with wings flapping, and its two brass pumps more or less co-ordinated with the kitchen-spoon Induction-Fan.

It may then be deployed up and down the carpet with its head (a rather handsome chimney cowl) snuffling from side to side in search of dust in the most convincing manner. The Electric Eyes which greatly help in this search are equipped with a pair of Magnifying Spectacles.


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Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts the inventor of "Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper" in the movie "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang".

In real life, the contrivance was built by Rowland Emett, famous British illustrator and inventor.


22 Mar 1980 Herald-Journal

Inventive Inventor

The home of Caractacus Potts is filled with gadgets. For starters there is a Sunflower Dishwasher which looks like a cross between an elaborate birdbath and a miniature dog kennel, a huffing, puffing carpet sweeper looking much like a baby dragon and a one-candle-powered chain-driven sausage and egg cooking machine.
Portrayed Dick Van Dyke, Potts, the oddball inventor from the musical film fantasy    "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" …. begins with the improbable and ends just beyond the impossible. He has only one small problem – his inventions rarely work.
On of them, the sausage and egg machine, which utilizes a vintage locomotive, and old bicycle wheels, a cuckoo clock and a set of train rails, cooks and transports food to the table.  The machine cooks and serves sausages beautifully, but has one shortcoming in the egg department. It hurls the eggs straight at the cook or against the wall.
Inexplicable temper causes the fail of the Potts Little Dragon Sweeper.
Humming Intelligence, the sweeper shuffles over the carpet in search of dust, then suddenly goes beserk and swallows the whole carpet.
The dishwasher is another problem – it cleans dishes spotlessly but then shatters them to pieces.
There are other ingenious contraptions in the film…a hair-cutting device that scalps the victim, a whistling sweet machine – the sweets whistle, not the machine, a mechanized rocking chair, and the world's first television set that screens the same scene night after night – a flickering drama of Grandpa "bull-fighting" the neighbor's elderly goat.
The man behind the cockeyed gadgetry of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is Rowland Emett, master of three-dimensional eccentricities. The son of a journalist-inventor, Emett was a virtually unrecognized artist until the 1930's when he entered the world of invention with sketches published in "Punch," a major British humor magazine. Not content with just drawing inventions, he began building them and they worked – or failed to work as they do in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."


See other early remote-controlled and robotic vacuum cleaners and floor scrubbers here.


1920 – Shrozo the Robot Girl – (English?)

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To Stanley….From Mille Merragan & Shrozo  4/5/1920.

Thanks to Valeria and her Retro Geek Girl website for the larger image to one I referenced in my Enigmarelle post here.

Any further information on "Shrozo" most welcomed.


There was a spate of living automatons appearing over a similar period of time having similar names -see Moto PhrosoMoto Pheno and Moto Phoso.

See the full list of Fake and Pseudo Automatons and Robots here.