#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, September 18th, 2013 19:08
#2 By: mr_raccoon, September 18th, 2013 19:11
#3 By: Hangle E. Mann, September 18th, 2013 19:22
#4 By: Stefan Jones, September 18th, 2013 19:33
Mr. Hubert appears to be peering up the robot's pants.
#5 By: technogeek, September 18th, 2013 19:43
Note that this was undoubtedly a remote-controlled device rather than a robot, with the "mechanisms" mostly being for effect. Odds are good that it didn't even have microphones and that the operator was listening directly; there's plenty of direct evidence that even when the operator is in plain sight the toy misdirects attention quite well enough that nobody who isn't expecting it is likely to notice them.
Popular Science always was somewhat gullible/overenthusiastic about rigged demos and exaggerated promises.
#6 By: Jason Andresen, September 18th, 2013 21:37
Heck, it's right in his name, he was the Radio Man. One thing you can rest assured about is that it wasn't doing realtime voice recognition with vacuum tubes.
#7 By: pjcamp, September 18th, 2013 21:56
He's an awfully effeminate yodeling radio man.
#8 By: Preston, September 19th, 2013 02:18
Could he cover Hocus Pocus?
#9 By: David Glicksman, September 19th, 2013 02:24
My, those legs certainly are ponderous.
#10 By: Mike Andrews, September 19th, 2013 12:22
"42 Relays" "like a telephone swicthboard"
You can tell that the demonstrator is
like the output of a rotary phone dial.
#11 By: Preston, September 19th, 2013 14:56
Ronnie kept losing his "robot pants."
#12 By: MichaelPaulukonis, September 19th, 2013 15:50
LA LA LA
I CAN'T HEAR YOU
#13 By: MichaelPaulukonis, September 19th, 2013 15:51
I was thinking about those legs, too.
Which might make them ponderable.
#14 By: Halloween Jack, September 19th, 2013 23:08
Left wondering what the robonipples do.
#15 By: Mark Frauenfelder, September 23rd, 2013 19:08
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