History of Robotics

  • Jan 1, 1000

    Early Clocks

    Early Clocks
    http://www.thocp.net/reference/robotics/robotics.htmlSometime during the turn of the first Millienium, brilliant Chinese engineers and monks used the power of water to create mechanismes that could keep at clock ticking. This was one of the earliest examples of none human powered machines.
  • Jan 1, 1000

    Hero of Alexandria

    Hero of Alexandria
    http://www.thocp.net/reference/robotics/robotics.htmlAround the year 1000, Hero of Alexandria created and detailed a few automata that were apparently created for religous or theatrical purposes. There were also automata that were created to open gates using hydraulics.
  • Period: Jan 2, 1000 to Dec 31, 1499

    1st-15th century

  • Jan 1, 1200

    Al-Jazari's writings

    Al-Jazari's writings
    http://www.thocp.net/reference/robotics/robotics.htmlArab thinker, Al-Jazari, wrote Automata, which contained many writings and diagrams about complex machinery.
  • Jan 13, 1400

    The Carillon

    The Carillon
    During the middle ages, Christian towns and cities found themselves in need of a way to signal to public that it was time for church. As bells got more complicated so did the clocks. Soon Automated clock and chiming systems were created.
  • Jan 1, 1495

    Leonardo da Vinci's Robot

    Leonardo da Vinci's Robot
    In 1495, Leonardo started work on a robotic suit of arms. This robot was created to model a few human motions such as waving sitting and moving its jaws.
  • Period: Jan 1, 1500 to

    16th-19th Century

  • Jacques de Vaucanson's 3 Automatons

    Jacques de Vaucanson's 3 Automatons
    http://www.thocp.net/reference/robotics/robotics.htmlJacques de Vaucanson created 3 different automatons. Each one increased in complexity. The first played flute. The second plyed flute, drums and the tambourine. And the last and most famous, was a very complex duck that walked, quacked, and ate.
  • Automated Loom

    Automated Loom
    http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bl_jacquard.htmJoseph Jacquard, son of a silk weaver created an automated loom that functioned using punch cards not unlike early computers. This allowed textiles to get ride of weavers.

    http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/ROV/history.htmlAuthor Mary Shelley's book Frankenstein was the first of it's time about artifical intellengence. This book created a huge fear around the creating of robots's particularly in artifical intellengence.
  • A new use for punch cards

    A new use for punch cards
    http://www.kerryr.net/pioneers/babbage.htmCharles Babbage showed the prototype of his "difference engine" which used the same punch card technique as Joseph Jacquard's automated weaver. This is considered the first computer.
  • Early R/Cs

    Early R/Cs
    In 1898, http://www.pbs.org/tesla/ins/lab_remotec.html wanted to be able to show of his new invention of radio. So he created a boat that would recieve radio signals that he could control wirelessly.
  • Period: to

    20th century

  • Laws of Robotics

    Laws of Robotics
    American author Issac Asimov wrote the book http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/ROV/history.html which contains his Three Laws of Robotics. They are:
    1: A robot can not harm a human
    2: A robot must listen to humans unless it violates rule 1
    3: A robot protect itself as long as it doesn't violate ruls 1 and 2
  • Industialized Robots

    Industialized Robots
    http://prime.jsc.nasa.gov/ROV/history.htmlGeneral Moters became the first industry to use robot help in 1961. The Unimate was given the task of transporting dye castings, which was dangerous work for people, but easy enough for the robot.
  • Droids n' stuff

    Droids n' stuff
    The release of Starwars created a new love for space and Robots. R2-D2 and C3P0 are an inseperable duo of robots that each have there own abilities. R2-D2:Walking toolbox; C3P0: Walking translator. Source: Starwars IV(The movie)
  • The Stanford Cart

    The Stanford Cart
    http://www.stanford.edu/~learnest/cart.htmIn 1979, students at Stanford successfully tested a robotic rover in a chair filled room that could search it's surroundings, compute a path free of obsticals and travel on that path.
  • Lego joins Robots

    Lego joins Robots
    http://web.mit.edu/6.933/www/Fall2000/LegoMindstorms.pdfIn 1998, Lego released a new product of Mindstorm products that would eventually evolve into the Lego Mindstorm NXT robot. The early Mindstorm included motors, sensors and the RCX control brick.
  • Period: to

    Now and into the future

  • Martian Rovers

    Martian Rovers
    http://realitypod.com/2010/06/top-10-modern-robots/In 2004, NASA's Spirit and Opportunity landed on the surface of Mars in order learn more about the planet. The rovers were comepletely solar powered and didn't require any human control.
  • iRobot

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343818/iRobot is a 2004 Will Smith movie that takes place in the year 2035. A crime has been commited that could have been carried out by a robot and it is up to Will to find out how.
  • BigDog on campus

    BigDog on campus
    http://www.bostondynamics.com/robot_bigdog.htmlThe Boston Dynamics: BigDog is a highly advanced robotic quadrapod with the ability to move and function even in harsh or unstable ground. It seems as if it would have great military use as a cargo carrier.
  • Ping Pong Bot

    Ping Pong Bot
    http://topio.tosy.com/history.shtmlThe Topio Ping Pong Playing Robot is a highly advanced robot that not only has 39 degrees of freedom, but its own highly developed learning system that allows it to become better overtime.
  • Roomba

    The iRobot started selling the Roomba in 2011, the same year that its total sales hit 6 mil. worldwide. iRobot proves that a simple home robot is not only possible, but profitable.