Here come the ROBOTS


During the 1980s, the excitement around robotics seemed to have hit its peak.  Movies and television shows were littered with robots.  They were everywhere.  You could pick up a robot of your own at Radio Shack, Toys R Us, Crazy Eddie, and other retail outlets.  Honestly, most of these robots were just fancy remote-controlled devices such as RobieVerbot, andOmnibot.  To get a robot for the home that had a computer built-in to make the robot perform a real function was going to cost you close to a thousand dollars or more.  Robots like those that come to mind are Hero and Topo.  Here is a news segment from the time discussing the robot revolution that never happened (not in the home anyway).

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Justin M. Salvato

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Seeker of 1980s nostalgia, rummager of vintage computers and player of retro video games.When not writing posts of The Retroist, I'm converting Retroist audio podcasts to Retroist video podcasts.My own videos can be found at
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