Thursday, March 17, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Robotics

A recent article on Atlas Obscura got me thinking about the History of Robotics.  The article, titled "Text-To-Speech in 1846 Involved a Talking Robotic Head With Ringlets," invited us to "Meet the Euphonia, a machine that boasted the ability to replicate human speech."  It went on to discuss an invention of Joseph Faber from the middle of the 1800s that must have seemed as a bizarre leap of technology but which actually had its roots in ancient times.  Read more of it here.


I was aware that some rudimentary forms of robotics date back to ancient times but the above article had me digging for more robotics history on Wikipedia here and also discovering a useful PDF from robotshop.com here laying out the timeline for the history of robotics.


Finally, on the IFR website, home of the International Federation of Robotics, they also share a modern history of the field that begins in the 1950s and comes forward from there.  See more of that here.


A look back at early tabletop hobby gaming
 or gaming-adjacent topics of the past.
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