As usual, the How Things Work group on Yahoo is leaping from topic to topic with the agility of a mountain goat.
Someone just posted a link to an article along with a brief message saying “This is an amazing piece of work that seems to have no history.”
Since I love robots and the subject of the message was “Interesting robot dog from the 1950s” I just had to bounce over there and take a look (Click Here to see the article).
It seems that Daniel C. Dennett – a professor at Tufts University in Massachusetts – spotted this unusual robot dog in a shop in France and he quickly snapped it up. (I don’t blame him – if I’d seen something like this I would have bought it without thinking.)
This is just so amazingly cool. It’s almost a retro version of Doctor Who’s robot dog K-9 (I remember thinking K-9 was so cool when I was a kid … but truth to tell I’m glad he’s no longer with the Doctor apart from the occasional guest appearance).
But let’s not wander off into the weeds… take a look at the picture below and see what you think:
So now the big question is “Who made this little beauty and why?”
I would also like to know just what it’s capable of, because it looks much too sophisticated for a radio controlled model. It appears to pre-date integrated circuits, so I’m assuming that it’s transistor-based and uses analog environmental detection (proximity, touch, light, sound?) and control functions.
Ooooh! I would love to get my hands on this…
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