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First Humanoid Robot


First Humanoid Robot
Name: Leonardo’s Robot Knight Year: 1495 Creator: Leonardo da Vinci
A humanoid robot, often referred to  as an android in science fiction, is designed to resemble the human form. Basic humanoid automatons have existed for centuries, and have gradually been refined to more closely mimic our appearance and behaviour. One of the first well documented examples is Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical knight.


First Humanoid Robot

Leonardo’s robot was operated by a series of pulleys and cables that allowed the it to stand, sit and independently move its arms. It had a human form and was even dressed in armour to resemble a knight. Although da Vinci’s design is primitive by today’s standards, lacking any artificial intelligence or remote control, it was ahead of its time in the 15th century.
Da Vinci employed the use of pulleys, weights and gears in many of his inventions, including his self- propelled cart which many consider to be the first robot. He later went on to design the robot knight for a royal pageant in Milan that took place during the late 1490s.
Da Vinci’s drawings for the robot knight are still used as blueprints by modern roboticists, and even helped develop robots for NASA.