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The word "Robotics is misused. Because its origins are in the word slave and many of what are called robots are not slaves i.e. are not built to do any useful work for anybody else. Perhaps robotics should refer to industrial robots only. Well I haven't sorted out the word thing but I have tried to classify the different robot types as follows. Click on the links for more on each particular type.
  • Androids - Human like robots
  • Zooids - Animal like robots
  • Walkers - Robots where walking is the most impressive feature
  • Small Robots - Robots you could build yourself
  • Faces - Smile its a robot. Facial expression is a communication channel.



Reuben Hoggett has had a life-long interest in robots. His earliest images are that of Grey Walter's tortoise as illustrated in Nigel Calder's book 'Robots', an image of Bruce Lacey's robot best 'man'  Rosabosom in a 60's newspaper article, and Dr Who and the Daleks, of course. These books and articles he still has after 40 odd years. Over that time his personal collection of all things robotic has been growing.  Aspects of his robotics interest were re-kindled some years ago after reading an article on the recent discovery and restoration of Grey Walter's own tortoise by those at Bristol Robotics Lab. After starting a friendship with robot builder and historian David Buckley, some of his efforts have been published on David's site.  With the amount of material he has on the early history of robots, there is at least 2 years of work effort if each robot gets its own blog entry each night.