Recently we exchanged links with Cybernetic Zoo, a website which focuses on all sorts of robot-related projects from the 20th century. As such it’s a great companion to Plastic Pals (which has a decidedly 21st century focus). While unearthing these obscure oddities you’ll be treated to a collection of photos (and sometimes rare video footage) from around the world. It’s easy to lose hours wandering through the site’s various categories.
Even though we might classify quite a few of these “robots” as automatons or even puppets, they’re a record of the hopes and dreams of would-be roboticists from years gone by. Some examples have interesting connections to the robots being built today. Take for instance these entries on the NASA Robot Astronaut and Manny – both designed to do work similar to Boston Dynamics’ PETMAN. Although it would be great to combine our sites together, for now we’ll have to make due with a simple link exchange.