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Cygan - the 1950s robot up for auction

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posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 04:24 AM
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I have always had a fondness, for the futuristic hope of the 1950's and I love the trashy science fiction B movies of the time. Given this, it was with some interest that I read on the BBC site this morning, that (funds permitting) I could own a piece of this futuristic optimism, where robots would follow our every command, keep the house clean and look after baby.

Anyway,without further ado meet Cygan


Cygan, a 1957 automaton, amazed audiences with his advanced technology and is part of an "Out of the Ordinary" sale scheduled for September.


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According to the BBC, Cygan could walk forward, backwards, move his arms, turn his head and would respond to rudimentary voice commands. It operated on a 28 volt battery, had 137 valves, 13 electric motors and in total 137,000 parts. Overall it was controlled by shortwave radio and had a TV camera, so that the operator could see what the robot was doing.

While in reality, it is little more than a big remote control toy, it is a fascinating view of futurism in the 1950's.

Further information on the Out of the Ordinary Sale can be found HERE




posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 06:02 AM
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That would be cool to have, also I want that wax figure of emperor hirohito, now that's a conversation piece!



posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 06:45 AM
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Robot, light me a ciggy and then defrost the icebox!



posted on Aug, 5 2013 @ 12:02 PM
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Cool find !



posted on Aug, 7 2013 @ 04:18 PM
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Originally posted by kkrattiger
Robot, light me a ciggy and then defrost the icebox!


And bring me a beer!



posted on Aug, 8 2013 @ 01:40 AM
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BUMP !
And I shall also take a beer !



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