Feeds

Mature mechanoid meanders into museum

Recognition for UK robotics pioneer

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Mention robots and most people envisage the future, but some have been around longer than us. George the Robot is one such android and has found a new home in the National Museum of Computing after 60 years of hibernation in a galaxy far, far away his maker's shed.

George is the creation of Tony Sale, a former RAF officer and leader of the Colossus computer rebuild team. Sale evolved Meccano designs throughout his teens and, aged 19, rebuilt the robot for the fifth time using scrap metal from the wreckage of a bomber plane. George's height was raised to six foot and light sensitive cells were added to his eyes enabling him to home in on illuminated beer bottles.

George the Robot

A few screws loose?

Powered by two motorcycle batteries, George could also walk, turn his head, move an arm and sit down. He took three weeks to construct and raised several eyebrows at the time including Pathé News, who broadcast this video.

Unfortunately, George received limited publicity and as computers weren't good enough to improve him further, he was left to gather dust in Sale's garage. Until recently, when the Pathé footage was picked up by Aardman Animations, producer of Wallace and Gromit, which included George's story in its latest TV series World of Invention.

George has since taken residence in The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and can be admired by more than spiders, moths and other shed-life.

After a drop of oil he still functions, but can no longer sit down or locate beer. Sorry, chaps.

Of course, things have come a long way since then, peep this recent ITN video of a robotic Japanese nurse. Ooh, Matron! ®

Can't see the videos? Download Flash Player from Adobe.com

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD to DIE, and this is WHY
Apple, er, couldn’t get the parts for HDD models
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring
Back to driving's basics with a joyously legal high
Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes
Buzzing board (and some future apps) leave a lot to be desired
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.