Retro 1960’s robo-dog designs unearthed

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Philips has unearthed an early design for a robotic dog that could move, see and hear in a book published in 1960 — fifty years before the likes of BigDog.

The robotic dog was detailed in the book entitled Practical Robot Circuits:  Electronic Sensory Organs and Nerve Systems by Ann Hendrick Bruinsma and published by Philips’ Technical Library. The book explains some of the research that Philips was conducting in the late 1950s. It features outlines of how to create intricate circuits (pre-microchips) that would power robotic creatures, such as a dog.

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Author:Olivia Solon

Freelance writer and editor specialising in new technologies, culture, media and marketing, design and animal-themed t-shirts.


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