• Short Summary

    Demonstrations of robots developed at Queen Mary's College, some destined for moon missions.

  • Description

    Mile End, London.

    In the faculty of engineering at Queen Mary's College we see several robots in action. Brian Shayer operates a model centipede walking machine; Professor M W Thring shows his walking machine with metal legs, part of his research into powered legs for limbless people; it walks across a table.

    Charles Ford operates a 'Mole Miner' machine, that can dig up minerals where it is difficult or dangerous for humans; this was to be taken on a moon expedition. A full-sized version of the centipede walking machine carries a man along; apparently to be used for crossing swampy or moon ground.

    Charles Ford sits in a step-climbing carriage; hooks come out of the wheels to pull the carriage up a small stairway; this was designed for the use of Thalidomide victims.

    Note: there are cameraman's notes on file. Professor Thring was Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the college.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    429.15
    Media URN:
    4353
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    16/05/1968
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:34:24:00 / 01:36:34:00
    Canister:
    CP 699

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