To be aware of how amazing the current robots we have are, we should have look back in the past as well. Let’s just begin with the WABOT. WABOT stands for WAseda roBOT – and Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) was the place where it was built. But what’s so special about this robot? The first WABOT was the first full-scale anthropomorphic robot in the world!
Developed in the 1970s, the WABOT-1 was able to walk, communicate in Japanese, to grip objects and to measure different aspects of his environment using several sensors like a vision system. His successor WABOT-2 was built in the 1980s and had the purpose to play piano – and he did pretty well:
Waseda University has published a booklet about the WABOT which is available online. Have a look at it and get an impression how this robot looked like! And the booklet offers a lot more interesting information about the research of robotics at Waseda University.
Last but not least, ConnectedLife published a really short but interesting video about the History of Robotics: