Five early robots that transformed the auto industry

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1969 -- Stanford Arm: Entering the computer age

If the introduction of the Unimate represents the genesis of the industrial robot age, it is the Stanford Arm that represents the maturation of the technology. The robot was designed at Stanford University by Victor Schienman, pictured above with his creation, and early versions were unveiled in 1969. According to Stanford’s InfoLab, the arm was one of the first computer-controlled robots that could assemble small parts by utilizing touch and pressure sensors.

Photo credit: Stanford InfoLab

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