Mobot the Magnificent Mobile Robot

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 20, 2008 in Science

Mobot the magnificent mobile robot invented by Hughes Aircraft Electronic Labs. 1961

The year is 1961 and Hughes Aircraft Electronic Labs is set to revolutionize the world with Mobot the Magnificent Mobile Robot. Mobot is slightly larger than several refrigerators put together and this mechanical marvel will automate every mission critical task in your life like doing your nails, zipping up your dress, and helping you comb your hair while looking at yourself in a mirror. The only minor catch is that Mobot requires a college educated engineer at the controls the robot 24/7 in a little booth in the corner. I wonder why this gizmo didn’t catch on?

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Life Magazine Photo Archives: Film Fanboy Heaven!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 19, 2008 in Cinema, Television

Walt Disney posing against landscape backdrop containing Mickey Mouse. 1950 photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

If you’re a classic film or TV fanboy you have to check out the LIFE photo archive hosted by Google — it’s like having a personal time machine to view film history. After spending a few hours I found a few gems that are worth sharing, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Shown above is a 1950 photo of Walt Disney, and below is a 1968 photo of Stanley Kubrick on set of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2001: A Space Odyssey - (L-R) Actors Keir Dullea & Gary Lockwood listening to director Stanley Kubrick on set of motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey. 1968 photo by Dmitri Kessel

Orson Welles (C) rehearsing dance routine during rehearsal for movie Citizen Kane. 1940 photo by Peter Stackpole

How many times to you get to see a rehearsal for a scene in Citizen Kane? This photo is from 1940 and shows Orson Welles at the high point of his career. Read more…

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