including a famous mechanical duck made by Jacques de Vaucanson that could move its neck, flap its wings and even swallow food.
The ‘Lilliput’ was a wind-up toy which walked. It was made from tinplate and stood just 15cm tall
This later became the first industrial robot, completing dangerous and repetitive tasks on an assembly line at General Motors (1962).
This marks the beginning of the space race.
Dante ll successfully descends into Mt Spur to collect volcanic gas samples.
A robotic dog with the ability to learn, entertain and communicate with its owner. More advanced versions have followed.