Elder Robots

It’s always nice to show our appreciation for our elders. Today’s young robots may be whippier, snappier, and go-gettier than their forbears but you have to admit that few of them have the moxie to dust themselves off after 45 years and have a walk around town (although it still wouldn’t qualify for a senior’s discount). George, a British humanoid robot made out of a WWII bomber, was resurrected by his inventor after decades in the garage–and all it took was a little bit of oil and some new batteries. Respect.

George is very impressive, but he’s not the oldest robot by any means. Ever-popular Buddha inspired a Japanese robot some 80 years ago that has recently been updated (pics here)–do robots meditate in solid state?

In a similar aesthetic vein to George, Chinese farmer Wu Yulu made a robotic rickshaw driver, one of his many eccentric projects since the 80s.

Here on hackaday we see a lot of modern robotics, but what about a return to the old school? Next time you have a scrap airplane on hand why not weld together a classic robot, and while you’re at it give your regards to old George.

8 thoughts on “Elder Robots

  1. “George was pictured carrying the shopping, hovering and even mowing the lawn.”

    Um, shouldn’t that be “hoovering” (vacuuming)? I don’t think George had anti-gravity capabilities!

  2. If you can get up to Bletchley park do go and see. I went with my college and Tony Sale did part of the tour. Its a fantastic museum there. If you live in the UK make the effort to go, they are always in need of donations to keep the place running.

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