He is a standout not only for what he has accomplished in the world of robotics but for who he is. Not content with turning the robot world on its head by establishing a brand-new school of thought known as â€BEAMâ€ robots (derived from â€œBiology, Electronics, Aesthetics, and Mechanics,â€ see the July-August Robot , page 78), Tilden has since gone on to succeed in academic circles, build robots for the US militaryâ€™s Los Alamos Labs and for NASAâ€™s space program. And, get thisâ€”he can even lay claim to stupendous commercial success with his robotsâ€”with 22 million sold and counting!Read More »
Monthly Archives: December 2010
I look forward to offering opinions and thoughts in this blog on some of the most interesting technologies in the exploding robotics arena--and to reading your comments, which we really welcome.Read More »
THE RISE AND FALL OF UNIMATION, INC. – Story of robotics innovation & triumph that changed the world!
In the spring of 1951 the Korean War was in full swing, and I was sure I would be drafted. I saw no point in interviewing for employment, despite my newly awarded degree in physics from the University of Connecticut. When I heard about a starting position for a physicist at Manning, Maxwell and Moore (MM&M) in Bridgeport, Conn., I figured I had nothing to lose and made an appointment. A young engineer, sporting a bowtie, by the name of Joseph Engelberger, interviewed meâ€”he hired me on the spot. Little did I suspect that this decision sealed my fate, as our association would change manufacturing the world over. Nor could I know that with his combination of entrepreneurship, marketing, and natural affinity for promotion he would become the â€œFather of Robotics.â€Read More »