Shots of an invention for use in handling radioactive materials
New York City, United States of America (USA)
A demonstration is given at the 18th Annual Safety Convention Exposition at Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, by Mr John Payne of the Atomic Power Division of the General Electric Research Laboratory. LS Operator (designer) demonstrates the operation of mechanical hands made for the Atomic Energy Commission. The invention is a "remote-controlled manipulator" for handling radioactive materials. He lowers the "hands" over beaker and Erlenmeyer flask. MS and CU Manipulating hands by looking through optical eyepiece along "mirror train". CU Hands of the operator on the controls. CU Feet of the operator on the pedals cause "fingers" to grasp or release. MS View through "mirror train" (operators view) of hands lowering. MS Tilt and up and down along optical route of mirror train. MS Picking up flask containing liquid. CU Pouring liquid from flask to beaker without spillage. MS Picking up beaker containing liquid. CU Pouring beaker into the other beaker (slight spilling). CU Ditto repeated without spilling. CU The two mechanical hands, shake hands (2 shots).
Note: Date on original paperwork reads: 13 April 1948. A note on the dope sheet comments: "The manipulator is actually quite clumsy and incapable of performing in any reasonable space of time any but the simplest operations. Opening a can, twirling spaghetti, peeling a banana, etc., were all tried without success).