Throughout history, artists and scientists have sought to understand what it means to be human and create machines in our own image. Soon, an important member of the the remarkable 500-year history of humanoid robots could be brought back to life. London's Science Museum has launched its first Kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise funds to rebuild Eric – the UK's first robot. The Science Museum hopes a lost robot named Eric will be part of the exhibition (pictured here before it disappeared). It was the UK's first humanoid and toured the world wowing audiences The forthcoming show at London's Science Museum will include a collection of more than 100 robots from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research lab.
Throughout history, artists and scientists have sought to understand what it means to be human and create machines in our own image. Soon, a new exhibition will explore our obsession to recreate ourselves, revealing the remarkable 500-year history of humanoid robots. The forthcoming show at London's Science Museum will include a collection of more than 100 robots from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research lab. Soon, a new exhibition will explore our obsession to recreate ourselves, revealing the remarkable 500-year-old history of humanoid robots. It will enable visitors to discover the cultural, historical and technological context of humanoid robots and let them interact with 12 working humanoids on display.
London's Science Museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the rebuilding of one of the first robots. Eric, as it was called, was originally built in 1928, and was the UK's first humanoid robot, impressing audiences with his movement and speech. He travelled the globe as a showcase for futuristic technology - but disappeared in the 1930s. Now, the museum is trying to raise 35,000 to rebuild him and has received more than 6,000 in four days. Eric was created by British duo Captain William H Richards and Alan Reffell.
Before refined robots such as ASIMO and C-3PO inspired the world, there was Eric -- the first "almost perfect man." The robot was relegated to the dustbin of history after touring Europe and the U.S. in the 1920s. But now, after stumbling upon the original plans for Eric, the Science Museum in London has launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring this man of steel back to life. As of Wednesday, the museum was still short of its more than 50,000 goal. But the hope, the museum said, is to have a robot replica ready in October so they can display him at a new "Robots" exhibition next February and send him off to travel the world like his predecessor.
Eric, the first British robot, was a sensation in the 1920s, delivering speeches and firing sparks out of his mouth. And now, decades after he vanished, London's Science Museum is hoping to resurrect him and take him on tour again. "Eric was really the first British robot in the modern sense of the word -- a tall broad-shouldered tin man. He was built in 1928 amongst the very earliest of these anywhere in the world, so he's actually a very significant thing and what was interesting for us was that no-one is quite sure what happened to him," said Ben Russell, the curator of the museum's forthcoming robots exhibition. Eric was built by Captain WH Richards and Alan Reffell and made his debut in London at the Model Engineering Exhibition in 1928.