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1957 – HECK and Robot Floor Cleaner – Donald G. Moore – RCA / Whirlpool (American)

rca whirlpool floor vacuum robot 1959 x640 1957   HECK and Robot Floor Cleaner   Donald G. Moore   RCA / Whirlpool (American)

Robot Cleaner RCA p1 NEW x640 1957   HECK and Robot Floor Cleaner   Donald G. Moore   RCA / Whirlpool (American)

The console of HECK with the floor cleaner being activated.


Mechanix Illustrated, Nov, 1959

HOW RCA IS PLANNING…. YOUR WORLD OF TOMORROW
By James C. G. Conniff [edited version – see full text here.]

An automated house with electronic devices that awaken you in the morning, make your bed, prepare your breakfast, clean house and make it burglar-proof while you are out.
All of these electronic miracles are in existence. They are products of the David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, N. J., and scientists of the Radio Corporation of America are working today to make them available to you tomorrow.
Let’s examine the automated house and its amazing Home Electronic Center, which consists of a miniaturized system of all-electronic mechanisms already lab-tested at Princeton. This system will let your wife run her home by push-buttons in a few short years. For example, with this Home Electronic Center setup your wife will dial the electronic controls the night before to wake you gently to music in the morning. The system will shut the window when you get up or turn up the heat or air conditioning. ….
RCA engineers call this wonder system the Home Electronic Center Kid, or HECK. While your wife snoozes on, silent HECK is busy preparing your breakfast—chilled juice, hot coffee, eggs and toast—which will be served by HECK as you approach the kitchen table.
You eat in a room suffused with electronic sunshine, even in the coldest weather. A tilt-up, table-top Telefax reports world news in text and pictures while HECK clears the outside walks of snow via buried heat grids. An electronically-activated servo mechanism opens the garage doors and warms up the car.
When your wife finally gets up, HECK has already done your dishes and tidied up and will do the same for her. While she enjoys a breakfast, HECK silently sorts and washes the laundry, dries it and folds it before dusting the house by electronic precipitation.
HECK will make the beds and quietly dispose of all garbage via machinery and deep underground tanks. All your wife has to do, besides keeping pantry and freezer loaded, is insert punched menu cards to have HECK come up with a simple snack or an elaborate dinner at a pre-set time. An ingenious delayed-transmission unit stores current to run this automatic household for 24 hours in case of power failure.
HECK will record telephone messages while you’re out and turn up the electroluminescent panel-lighting to welcome you home after dark. A simple but thief-proof key-and-IBM-card arrangement permits HECK to receive goods and pay de-liverymen by check during your absence. HECK will instantly signal for police if burglars try to break in when you are out or sound an alarm in case of fire.
A mobile radio-controlled unit to trim grass and hedges, powered by wafer-thin atomic batteries and responsive to HECK’s command, is also planned for this dream house.

These are just some of the electronic miracles that you will live to see. They are in the labs today. They will be in your home tomorrow.

rca whirlpool floor cleaning robot 1959 x640 1957   HECK and Robot Floor Cleaner   Donald G. Moore   RCA / Whirlpool (American)

RCA HECK kitchen of tomorrow cleaner x591 1957   HECK and Robot Floor Cleaner   Donald G. Moore   RCA / Whirlpool (American)

Donald G. Moore's patent diagram correlates with the layout in the above images.

Moore Whirlpool vacuum cleaner patent 2a x640 1957   HECK and Robot Floor Cleaner   Donald G. Moore   RCA / Whirlpool (American)

 

Patent info: Perambulating kitchen appliances and control means therefor by Donald G. Moore.

Moore Whirlpool vacuum cleaner patent 1 x640 1957   HECK and Robot Floor Cleaner   Donald G. Moore   RCA / Whirlpool (American)

See the full patent here.

Patent number: 3010129
Filing date: Nov 4, 1957
Issue date: Nov 28, 1961

Donald G. Moore's patent included a travelling dishwasher as well.


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


1961 – RCA “Dumbo” Moon Walker – (American)

Life62 Moon Rover RCA Dumbo x640 1961   RCA Dumbo Moon Walker   (American)

In the early ‘60s, as part of the preparations for the Apollo manned moon landing mission, the Jet Propulsion Lab planned a follow-on program to its very successful ‘hard’ landing ‘Ranger’ program, which gave the first close-up views of the moon’s surface. The proposed ‘soft’ lander program was called ‘Surveyor’. An initial concept was for it to disgorge a moon surface-traversing vehicle to conduct a neighborhood survey near its landing position. It was to be commanded by a TV – radio control guidance link. This link was to be relayed to and from the moon via the Surveyor’s earth communication system. A lunar rover competition was opened and by end of 1961 there were responses from at least 10 leading space firms including Space-General Corp., Sperry Rand, and RCA.
When it was determined that the Atlas rockets could not lift  the Surveyor with an added payload of a Lunar Rover, the project was discontinued.

Lunar Robots PSMar62 Dumbo x640 1961   RCA Dumbo Moon Walker   (American)

From RCA’s Astro-Electronics Division, Defence Electronics Products.

Walker with four legs moves one of them at a time – up, forward, and down. It shifts its centre of gravity beckward before lifting the front legs (the front being where the cameras are, the antennea at the rear), and forward before raising the hing legs. Slow speed, no drawback, aids in remote control.

RCA Lunar Rovers Dumbo model x640 1961   RCA Dumbo Moon Walker   (American)

RCA Dumbo and Porkie Lunar Rovers x640 1961   RCA Dumbo Moon Walker   (American)

1974Thenext50yearsonthemoon22 x640 1961   RCA Dumbo Moon Walker   (American)

RCA Dumbo Lunar Rover x640 1961   RCA Dumbo Moon Walker   (American)


Yonezawa Moon Explorer Space toy from the 1960’s based on RCA’s “Dumbo” Moon walker.

MoonwalkerToyp1 x640 1961   RCA Dumbo Moon Walker   (American)


1961 – RCA “Porky the Pig” Moon Walker – (American)

Life62 Moon Rover RCA Porky x640 1961   RCA Porky the Pig Moon Walker   (American)

In the early ‘60s, as part of the preparations for the Apollo manned moon landing mission, the Jet Propulsion Lab planned a follow-on program to its very successful ‘hard’ landing ‘Ranger’ program, which gave the first close-up views of the moon’s surface. The proposed ‘soft’ lander program was called ‘Surveyor’. An initial concept was for it to disgorge a moon surface-traversing vehicle to conduct a neighborhood survey near its landing position. It was to be commanded by a TV – radio control guidance link. This link was to be relayed to and from the moon via the Surveyor’s earth communication system. A lunar rover competition was opened and by end of 1961 there were responses from at least 10 leading space firms including Space-General Corp., Sperry Rand, and RCA.
When it was determined that the Atlas rockets could not lift  the Surveyor with an added payload of a Lunar Rover, the project was discontinued.

RCA Lunar Rovers Porky the pig model x640 1961   RCA Porky the Pig Moon Walker   (American)

From RCA’s Astro-Electronics Division, Defence Electronics Products.

RCA Dumbo and Porkie Lunar Rovers x640(1) 1961   RCA Porky the Pig Moon Walker   (American)

1974Thenext50yearsonthemoon22 x640 1961   RCA Porky the Pig Moon Walker   (American)

“Porky the Pig” (also “Porkie”) most likely propelled itself forward or backward by raising the two larger inside legs as one, then following up with raising the other 4 legs and moving in the desired direction.  Steering could be effected by using a twisting motion of the inside legs before they are lowered.

ELDON1 porky rca 1 x640 1961   RCA Porky the Pig Moon Walker   (American)

ELDONAD porky rca 1 x640 1961   RCA Porky the Pig Moon Walker   (American)

3D kit by Eldon 1966. The “Moon Beetle” is clearly inspired by “Porky”.


See a list of other early Moon Walkers down the bottom here.


1961 – RCA “Praying Mantis” Moon Walker – (American)

Life62 Moon Rover RCA Praying Mantis x640 1961   RCA Praying Mantis Moon Walker   (American)

In the early ‘60s, as part of the preparations for the Apollo manned moon landing mission, the Jet Propulsion Lab planned a follow-on program to its very successful ‘hard’ landing ‘Ranger’ program, which gave the first close-up views of the moon’s surface. The proposed ‘soft’ lander program was called ‘Surveyor’. An initial concept was for it to disgorge a moon surface-traversing vehicle to conduct a neighborhood survey near its landing position. It was to be commanded by a TV – radio control guidance link. This link was to be relayed to and from the moon via the Surveyor’s earth communication system. A lunar rover competition was opened and by end of 1961 there were responses from at least 10 leading space firms including Space-General Corp., Sperry Rand, and RCA.
When it was determined that the Atlas rockets could not lift  the Surveyor with an added payload of a Lunar Rover, the project was discontinued.

Moon Robots PSMar62 praying mantis x640 1961   RCA Praying Mantis Moon Walker   (American)

From RCA's Astro-Electronics Division, Defence Electronics Products.

A 6-legged walker. What looks like a proboscis is soil-sampling drill; head is counterweight for it; and "feelers" are radio antennas.

RCA Lunar Rovers Praying Mantis model x640 1961   RCA Praying Mantis Moon Walker   (American)

 


1961 – RCA “Centipede” Moon Walker – (American)

RCA Lunar Rovers Caterpillar model x640 1961   RCA Centipede Moon Walker   (American)

In the early ‘60s, as part of the preparations for the Apollo manned moon landing mission, the Jet Propulsion Lab planned a follow-on program to its very successful ‘hard’ landing ‘Ranger’ program, which gave the first close-up views of the moon’s surface. The proposed ‘soft’ lander program was called ‘Surveyor’. An initial concept was for it to disgorge a moon surface-traversing vehicle to conduct a neighborhood survey near its landing position. It was to be commanded by a TV – radio control guidance link. This link was to be relayed to and from the moon via the Surveyor’s earth communication system. A lunar rover competition was opened and by end of 1961 there were responses from at least 10 leading space firms including Space-General Corp., Sperry Rand, and RCA.
When it was determined that the Atlas rockets could not lift  the Surveyor with an added payload of a Lunar Rover, the project was discontinued.

Lunar Robots PSMar62 centipede x640 1961   RCA Centipede Moon Walker   (American)

From RCA's Astro-Electronics Division, Defence Electronics Products.

Centipede-style moon car crawls on 16 legs (which extend sideways like oars) by rotating pairs in sequence. Four legs at a time support it. To make turns, the rows of legs on opposite sides are operated alternately.