PART 1 – This exhibition in Manchester, England, showcased the history of robots and robotics. On display were early clockwork automaton, mid-twentieth century toy robots as well as life size Hollywood movie props including the T-800 Terminator and Maria from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. The exhibition also had a few examples of the early steel robots from the 1920s as well as the now infamous Cygan, who once had a glamorous celebrity career in the 1950s.
Further into the exhibition were modern humanoid robots, created to advance A.I. research as well as for medical applications. There were artificial robotic hands, air-powered robotic arms and even complete skeleton robots capable of face recognition and more.
The highlight of the exhibition for me was the newly re-built Eric the Robot. Eric was Britain’s first modern robot, originally made in 1928 for the annual Society of Model Engineers exhibition in London. The making of this steel wonder was recently funded via a KickStarter project set up by the Science Museum, London. I’m proud to say I was one of the 861 backers for this project.