Elektro, the Oldest U.S. Robot
If you happen to be around Ohio this coming fall, don't miss an exhibit
at the Mansfield Memorial Museum featuring the 7-foot-tall Elektro,
the oldest U.S. robot with its 65 years. "Elektro is the only survivor
of a group of eight robots created by Westinghouse in Mansfield between
1931 to 1940 for several hundred thousand dollars each,"
Back in 1939, Elektro was able to walk, talk, raise and lower his arms,
turn his head and move his mouth as he spoke. It used a 78-rpm record
player to simulate conversation and had a vocabulary of more than 700
words.Thousands of people enjoyed Elektro at the New York World's Fair
in 1939. It even appeared in a long-time forgotten movie, "Sex Kittens
Go to College," also known as "The Beauty and the Robot."
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*** Xanni ***
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