Robotics and Automated Sysytems


The Pigeon by Archytas of Tarentum

350 BC

The Greek mathematician, Archytas of Tarentum manufactured "the Pigeon". This was a steam propelled mechanical bird.

Leonardo's Robot by Leonardo Da Vinci


This was a device that looked like a knight and could move

Jacques de Vaucanson's "moving anatomy"


The mechanical duck that could move, quack, flap, eat and digest.

The invention of the wrist watch by Pierre Jaquet - Droz and Henri - Louis Jaquet - Droz


George Boole creates the Boolean algebra.


The Boolean algebra was a mathematical form of logic.

Nikola Tesla manufactures the remote controlled robot boat


She not only built but presented it at Madison Square Garden

The Three Laws of Robotics by Isaac Asimov


Isaac Asimov credited the term robotics, created the Three Laws of Robotics and added the zeroth law.

The Logic Theorist by Alan Neweel and Herbert Simon


Alan Neweel and Herbert Simon make the Logic Theorist which was used to help solve hard maths problems

The invention of the first industrial arm robot


The industrial arm that could perform perilous tasks or jobs.

The invention of the first mobile robot, Shakey.


Shakey was a robot to know and react to its actions. This was invented by the Stanford Research Institute.

Machack by Richard Greenblatt


Machack was a program that could play chess and could defeat Hurbert Dreyfus in a game who claimed that he was never beaten by a computer program.

Direct Drive arm by Takeo Kanade


The first mechanical arm that was comprised of joints that made its jobs faster and more accurate.

Genghis by the Mobile Robot Group at MIT


Genghis was a walking robot and was known for its walking movement which people refer to as the "Genghis gait".

CyberKnife by Dr John Adler


CyberKnife is a robot that can x - ray patients to find tumours and deliver a pre - planned dose of radiation after tumour being discovered.

The first Robot Wars by Marc Thorpe


The first node of the International Space Station is placed in orbit.


The Pathfinder Mission lands on Mars


A robotic rover that came onto Martian soil.

Lego Mindstorms 1.0 by LEGO


Lego Mindstorms 1.0 is a robotics invention system that is still used today.