Unimate gets to work
In the early 1960s, robots started making a mark on the factory floor. Pictured here is Unimate, the first industrial robot, which was used by General Motors at an auto manufacturing plant. Its arm moved hot pieces of die-cast metal based on a set of step-by-step instructions stored on a magnetic drum. Eventually, the platform was adopted for the production of TV picture tubes and other factory tasks.
April 3, 2012 5:45 AM PDT
Photo by: Computer History Museum
| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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