Posts Tagged ‘Robot’

1973 – “Robbie” the Pulpit Robot – Rev. Ron Mackenzie (British)

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1973 – "Robbie" the Pulpit Robot by the Rev. Ron Mackenzie

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ROBOT IN THE PULPIT

Sunday school with a difference: Helping the Reverend Ron Mackenzie is Robbie, the robot he designed and built himself 8 years ago. Robbie was built to help attract children to church and he has proved to be an enormous success.
Pic by Colin Harvey

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London, England, 29th August 1973, Two little boys study a five foot robot built by their father Peter Stanley in the garden of their London home

[Note: The above Getty image, I believe, incorrectly, says the robot was built by Peter Stanley.]

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“The Reverend Ronald John MacKenzie of the Elim Pentecostal Church, Nottingham, England, introduces his robot Robbie to some local children in the garden[…] MacKenzie uses Robbie as an aid in reaching and teaching children in his Sunday School classes.”

– (AP Photo,2013)

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Robbies' eyes flash and his booming "voice" is a loadspeaker. The Rev. Ron Mackenzie spent 8 months using his old skills as an engineer to construct 5 ft. high, 18-inch square Robbie. Robbie has white eyes, a red nose, and lights on the top of his head to indicate when he is "thinking".

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ROBOT IN THE PULPIT

The Demonstration: Ron Mackenzie dons a protective coat for a lively demonstration of the bible story about the men who built their houses on sand and the firm rock. Standing by to help with the tale, is Robbie the robot, designed and built by the Reverend Ron Mackenzie for a Sunday School class in Croydon south London,
Pic by Colin Harvey

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1940 – “Roll-Oh” the Domestic Robot – (American)

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1940 – "Roll-Oh" the Domestic Robot

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"Roll-Oh" can grasp objects, has a retractable knife in its hand, as well as a plant watering system, a can opener, and a gas-flame lighter. Its foot is also a vacuum-cleaner.

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Leave It to Roll-Oh (1940)

Tongue-in-cheek film showing a domestic robot freeing housewives of their chores (and intimating that their work is hardly necessary); actually a promo showing how relays and switches function in the modern automobile. Shown at the New York World's Fair in 1940.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Jam Handy Organization
Sponsor: Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W   Source: here

[Thanks to my friend David Buckley for the link to the extended video version]

'Roll-Oh" partial transcript

Cast:     Roy from Roy's Robot Repairs (R)
             Housewife (H)

R: There Miss, you see the heterodynes were feeding back into the stimulus reaction activators causing non synapse of the motor control resistor units.

H:  Oh, that's good.
R: No Lady, that's bad. But your re-generative circuits are tuned asynchronously and that causes concatenation in the intermediate amplifiers.

H: Well that's bad, isn't it?

R: No, that's good. From now on I don't think there'll be the slightest trouble with your robut. Your domestic problems are completely solved.

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         Robot Controls
              "Roll-Oh"

Answer Door      Clean House
Wash Dishes     Get Dinner
Answer Phone    Make Bed
Get Hat              Fix Furnace
             Scram!


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1960 onwards – Miscellaneous Mobile Manipulator Arms

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1960c – Lee Mobile Manipulator.

[I presently have no other information on this mobile manipulator.]

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The Lee Model 6A Manipulator was used on the mobile platform.

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The CEE-VEE Remote Mobile Vehicle with crane-like manipulator


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1985 – ACEC Mobile Inspection Vehicle – (Belgian)

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1985 – ACEC Mobile Inspection Vehicle

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The manipulators are master-slave force feed-back and electrically driven.

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The ACEC Vehicle for remote inspection and intervention has a minimal footprint when the treads are folded up and the manipulator arms are also folded.

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Publication number EP0197020 A1
Publication date Oct 8, 1986
Filing date Mar 7, 1986
Priority date Mar 9, 1985
Inventors Raymond Pinsmaille, Costa Cabral Gaivao Luis Da, Alain Duchene, Dominique Colard
Applicant ACEC, Société Anonyme

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1970-1 – CURV Mobile Linkage Manipulator – Naval Undersea Research (American)

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1970-1 – CURV Mobile Linkage Manipulator. Originally developed for the Cable-controlled Undersea Remove Vehicle (CURV), it was adapted for potential use as a mobile nuclear manipulator as seen here. Later it was used in Bezjcy's lab at the Jet Propulstion Laboratories (JPL), along with the JPL/Ames Arm.

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The NEVADA/CURV system (Fig. 3) consists of the CURV Linkage Arm mounted on a turret which can be rotated and elevated relative to the carrier vehicle, two TV cameras for stereo viewing, a separate TV camera for monodisplay, and a remote control station with RF or hardwired link to the vehicle-arm-TV system. This hydraulically powered arm has six degrees-of-freedom, plus opening and closing the hand mechanism. The essential and novel feature of this manipulator is that it provides true linear extension by the use of an idler gear of twice the radius of a forearm drive gear. Extension is achieved by moving the upper arm with respect to the idler. The linkage action causes the course travelled by the wrist during extension to be a straight line passing through both the azimuth and elevation axes. Elevation is achieved by rotating the whole mechanism about the vertical axis of the idler. A double parallelogram added to the linkage eliminates wrist disorientation during changes in elevation and extension or the arm. Thus, the arm performs the function of positioning the hand, without disconnecting it, in a spherical coordinate system. The arm has a high section modulus which makes it rigid but lightweight. The existing prototype can handle loads corresponding to nearly 70% of the arms weight at 1.5 m extension. The control system is presently a single on-off control for each joint. Rate control servo for joystick control and position control servo for computer control are under construction. The equioment of the hand with tactile, proximity, and force/torque sensors is also in progress. Presently, the NEVADA/CURV system is used for hand-eye coordination experiments.
Source: JPL Technical Memorandum 33-721. Jan 1, 1975

See also paper by Uhrich, R., "CURV Linkage Manipulator," Naval Research Center. November 1971.


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