Robotics History

Timeline created by Kai Morris
  • -350 BCE

    350 BC - The Pigeon

    350 BC - The Pigeon
    This is seen as the first-ever robot and was created by Archytas a Greek philosopher. The robot was a wooden mechanical bird dubbed The Pigeon, which was propelled by steam and could apparently fly for up to 200 meters.
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    -350 BCE

    Robotics History

  • 1952 - Optical Fibers

    1952 - Optical Fibers
    Optical fibres are used most often as a means to transmit light between the two ends of the fibre and find wide usage in fibre-optic communications, where they can transfer data faster over long distances than electrical cables
  • 1966 - Shakey the Robot

    1966 - Shakey the Robot
    The Stanford Research Institute creates Shakey, the first mobile
    robot that can reason about its surroundings. This was one of the first workings examples of artificial intelligence, It was capable of understanding its own actions and if you gave Shakey a task to complete, it could break down how to complete it by itself.
  • 1966 - ELIZA

    1966 - ELIZA
    An artificial intelligence program named ELIZA is created at MIT
    by Joseph Weizenbaum. ELIZA functions as a computer
    “psychologist” that manipulates its users’ statements to form
  • 1969 - Kawasaki

    1969 - Kawasaki
    The Japanese company Kawasaki develops the Kawasaki-Unimate 2000, the first industrial robot ever produced in Japan, with technology licensed from Unimation.
  • 1984 - Douglas Lenat

    American AI researcher Douglas Lenat initiates the EnCYClopedia
    project to create a database of common sense to help robots
    understand our world.
  • 1985 - William "Red" Whittaker

    1985 - William "Red" Whittaker
    The PUMA 560 robotic surgical arm is used in the first documented
    use of a robot-assisted surgical procedure and was created by William "Red" Whittaker. This robot could be used to operate surgeries remotely and was the first surgical robot of its kind.
  • 1989 - Genghis

    1989 - Genghis
    Genghis was the first ever mobile robot. it used six legs, four microprocessors, 22 sensors, and 12 servomotors to function.
  • 1997 - NASA Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner

    1997 - NASA Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner
    Its main purpose was to demonstrate the kind of technology required to send an efficient, free-ranging robot to Mars. This was beneficial as it allowed us to understand what mars terrain was like and our first time sending rovers to another planet. They return 2.3 billion bits of information, including more than 17,000 images, more than 15 chemical analyses of rocks and soil and extensive data on winds and other weather factors.
  • 2000 - ASIMO

    2000 - ASIMO
    Asimo is a humanoid robot designed to be a helper to people. This robot is revolutionary because it is a humanoid robot that can run, dance, hop, and kick a soccer ball and its movements are similar to human actions. It travels the world as an ambassador to robot kind, making humans excited about robotics
  • 2011 - Robonaut 2

    2011 - Robonaut 2
    Robonaut 2, a human-like robotic assistant developed jointly by
    NASA and General Motors is launched into space on the space shuttle. Discovery as part of the STS-133 mission to become permanent a resident of the International Space Station.