High Wheel Gear Robot

Made:
1964 in Japan
High Wheel Gear Robot, 1950s, Yoshiya, Japan.  Hand and Machine Tools. High Wheel Gear Robot, 1950s, Yoshiya, Japan.  Hand and Machine Tools. High Wheel Gear Robot, 1950s, Yoshiya, Japan.  Hand and Machine Tools.

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High Wheel Gear Robot, 1950s, Yoshiya, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools.
Science Museum Group Collection
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High Wheel Gear Robot, 1950s, Yoshiya, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

High Wheel Gear Robot, 1950s, Yoshiya, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

High Wheel Gear Robot, manufactured by Yoshiya, Japan, 1964

This clockwork robot had many features for a relatively low retail price. As it walked, the gears in te chest rotated against a background oif sparks. Taking advantage of new technologies becoming available, the Gear Robot was later developed to include a remote control version - this is emblematic of the history of robots in general - that they very often incorporate the latest advances in technology, from new techniques to materials and other innovations.

Details

Category:
Human Robotics
Object Number:
2015-443
type:
toy - recreational artefact
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment