Five centuries of robots, from clockwork monks to mechanical actors, are explored in a major exhibition at London’s Science Museum.
The UK’s first robot, Eric, disappeared after his debut, but the Science Museum has created a working replica.
By all accounts, the debut of the UK’s first humanoid robot was a startling affair.
Shimmery, singing birds flit from perch to perch and a butterfly flaps its hand-painted, iridescent wings above an animated fountain on a three-tune musical automaton birdcage clock by Bautte & Moynier.
In the 9th century, the Banū Mūsā brothers in Baghdad designed a mechanical, hydraulic organ that was made to play endlessly by itself.
If you’re roaming the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s modern art galleries, a cacophony of whistles, bells, thuds, and clashes may interrupt your serene stroll.