Here are some of the well-known early robots in the 20th century
Yasutaro Mitsui with his steel humanoid robot, Tokyo, Japan, 1932
“Mobot” (MObile roBOT) made by Hughes Aircraft Electronic Labs dressing a woman in California, 1961
NASA 1965 Space Suit Test Robot
Photograph of a Robot in New York, c1960s captured by Swedish photographer Ellen Dahlberg
El Chispas Robot, Spain, 1953
1963 Сепулька (Sepulka) the Guide Robot – Russia. Still alive and kicking at the VDNH, a unique historical and architectural complex located in the capital of Russia – Moscow
Superman Dennis the Robot – 1939. 7ft. tall, its claimed that this robot can control traffic, sing, light and smoke a cigarette and sit or stand
“Freddie Ford,” a mechanical robot answers questions fed to it by curious visitors Robot was formed from Ford car parts & stands 12-feet tall
Cosmos the Robot, 1958
Weekly Reader issue 23, april 2 1982 “Japanese robot shakes a person’s hand while special sensors in the robot measure grip and body temperature. Figures are displayed and robot might make comments like: WOW what a grip! Robot can also measure room temperature and gas leaks.”
Goro, a five-foot robot developed by a toy research firm, is surrounded by school children in the Japanese capital Tokyo on Feb 29, 1964. Goro walks in all directions, bows to people he meets, winks at the girls, and talks via a radio in the hand of his maker.
Cygan, also known as Gygan, was a 9-foot-tall mechanical man from Italy. Weighing 1200 pounds, he could easily carry 2 Windmill girls around
Italian Humanoid Robot Cygan, circa 1957
The robot called Barbarossa
Coffee served by a robot, 1967
Robot with its inventor, Captain W.H. Richards. Berlin, 1930
Arok the Robot by Ben Skora
AROK (Skora’s named spelled backwards without the S), when operational, could perform a variety of tasks such as vacuuming, mixing drinks, talking, taking photos, lifting up to 150 pounds, and walking the dog. It also could bend at the waist to a 45-degree angle and turn the upper torso to the right and left. He could “motor” along at a brisk 3 mph.
Arok a 6 ft. 8 in. and 275 lbs robot is a man of steel that can lift 125 lbs. dead weight, bend 45° at the waist, and move forward or backward at a top speed of 3 m.p.h. Arok can vacuum the rug, take out the trash or/and serve a tray of Dr. Peppers and a firm handshake. Beneath that aluminum exterior, he has two 12-volt automobile batteries, 15 electric motors, 35 relays, and hundreds of solid-state integrated circuits. Arok has a motorcycle helmet for a skull, a rubber Frankenstein mask for a face, clothes-dryer exhaust hoses for arms, and rubber gloves for hands. He is remote-controlled by FM radio signals and there is a microphone in his control panel and a speaker in his head.