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Friday, July 14, 2006

The First Robot

Da Vinci RobotHow old is this ? 20 years old? 50 years old?

Actually, this rendering is of a design from more than 500 years ago. designed the first known robot around 1495. It was an armored robot knight that could sit up, wave its arms, and move its head on a flexible neck. On the outside, the robot is dressed in a typical German-Italian suit of armor of the late fifteenth century.

Da Vinci Robot SketchThe robot consisted of two independent systems: legs with three degrees of freedom - ankles, knees, and hips; and arms with four degrees of freedom - shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands. A mechanical, analog-programmable controller within the chest provided power and control for the arms. The legs were powered by an external crank arrangement driving the cable, which was connected to key locations in the ankle, knee, and hip.

Da Vinci Robot Sketch
The original sketches were not found until the 1950's, and it is not known if the robot was ever built, but proved to be the world's first !

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At July 14, 2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Chief Scientist said...

What would really be cool is if they found cartoon examples of this robot waving his arms and saying, "Danger Raphael! Danger!"

I can never make enough Renaissance masters jokes.

At July 16, 2006 7:24 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

...and someday archaeologists will dig up one of those robot vacuum cleaners and write, "Amazingly, this was at one time considered a robot." Heck, maybe a robot will BE the archaeologist.

At July 17, 2006 8:44 PM, Blogger Chase said...

Very Interesting.

Yeah, Gmail is really convenient. I'm really liking what Google has going for them. I also recently converted to a personalized home page on Google doesn't have any friends, though. Haha. Microsoft, ISPs, etc. They just have a wide base of operations.

At July 18, 2006 1:55 PM, Blogger Chase said...

I was going through your posts, and saw that you're giving away the rest of your Writely invites. I would really like to have Writely because, as I said in my last post, I'm always using different computers-that's why I use Gmail. Having Writely wouldn't confine my writing for school and fun to just at home. E-mail the invite at Thanks!

At July 19, 2006 9:15 AM, Blogger Chase said...

Thanks! Any word on when the "Google" version will be released?

At July 19, 2006 5:28 PM, Blogger TechnoBlogger said...

There's still no definite date when registration will open up again. Here's the official response from Writely.

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At December 10, 2011 4:51 PM, Anonymous Awesomedude739 said...

Cool. Soon, robots will be writing this kind of stuff onto websites.
I have my own robot though...

At July 02, 2014 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first known robot was not invented by Davinci. The first known robot was created around 400-350 BC by the mathematician Archytas and was a steam powered mechanical pigeon. You don't understand what a robot was or is. It doesn't have to be walking, talking, or even human in appearance. A robot is any device that can function autonomously, or operate by automatic control, and can if desired, perform complicated repetitive tasks in the place of a human.


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