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This is what a 1950s robot looks like

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 10:11am
Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor

It’s pretty crazy when you think about how far technology has come in the past five years, let alone the past 50 years. Recently, we talked about different humanoid robots, including DARPA’s PETMAN and the Alphadog Proto, a humanoid robot used to test protective clothing and a 4-legged battlefield companion, respectively, but let's discuss one of the original humanoid robots, Cygan.

However, the 1,000 pound, 8-foot Cygan or Gygan, isn’t quite as advanced, but it’s also 56 years old. The “humanoid”, was created in 1957 by Dr Ing Fiorito in Italy, but it’s making the news again because it’s up for sale (estimated price £6,000 to £8,000) after spending the past few decades in a private collection.

While today’s humanoids can almost mimic the gait of a human, Cygan shuffled—forwards or backwards—along at around 10 feet per minute, raise or lower its arms, and could also respond to spoken commands, signals and light rays.

Though it may seem a little silly today, Cygan was considered the height of technology in the 1950s, traveling to Milan and London to fascinate crowds.

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