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UK's first ever robot is set to be rebuilt


Posted on Wednesday, 11 May, 2016 | Comment icon 6 comments

Eric proved a popular attraction across Europe. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-09312
A 1920s robot called Eric could soon be making a comeback thanks to the discovery of his original plans.
The primitive humanoid contraption, which was created by First World War veteran Captain William Richards and aircraft engineer Alan Reffell, had been designed to replace the Duke of York at the opening of an engineering exhibition in London back in 1928.

Like something that had just walked off the set of an old science fiction movie, the robot was able to move his arms, bow to the crowd and recite recorded messages while his teeth flashed with sparks.

Eric proved so popular in fact that he was even taken on a world tour, but then some time later he disappeared without a trace and his whereabouts have remained a mystery ever since.

Now though, curators at the Science Museum have managed to track down the original plans for the robot and are hoping to rebuild him and send him on another tour to promote a new exhibition.

"Eric was everything you imagined a robot to be," said Robots exhibition curator Ben Russell.

"He was a talking, moving man of steel. But what is most incredible is he was one of the world’s first robots and the first one built in the UK."

"Audiences were wowed by him and he charmed dignitaries and celebrities across the world."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (6)

Tags: Robot, Eric

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by freetoroam on 11 May, 2016, 15:07
The Science Museum wants to raise £35,000 ($50,500) to create a new version of the robot using industrial waste parts modelled on archive images of Eric collected from relatives of the robot's original creators, and then send Eric on a tour around the world before he features in the Robots exhibition and becomes a part of the museum's permanent collection. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/science-museum-launches-kickstarter-recreate-1920s-robot-ahead-robotics-exhibition-2017-1559302 How much can industrial waste parts cost? this fund raising is not to fund Erics hotel accommodation me thinks.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 11 May, 2016, 19:33
Well the humans rebuilding him don't work cheap! I'm sure most of his guts will need to be all new parts. We wouldn't want scrap wire in Eric now would we?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 12 May, 2016, 0:42
Recreate the robot to look EXACTLY like it does in photos but give it 21st century technology for its "guts." That would be soo cool!
Comment icon #4 Posted by Gecks on 12 May, 2016, 1:22
How did this originally work? Clockwork?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Myles on 9 June, 2016, 12:36
http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/06/09/retro-robot-from-1920s-may-get-2nd-chance-at-life.html?intcmp=hpff   It's surprising that he was lost. https://youtu.be/hwnfVRT7IjI
Comment icon #6 Posted by A_Maine96 on 9 June, 2016, 15:27
yeah... How do you loose a half-ton robot? My guess? Aliens!


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