I don’t know how to preface this post,
…..’cause I’m kinda ambivalent
about any technology having to do with vintage robots.
On the one hand,
I have a secret admiration
for the wherewithal required
of the engineers involved ,
But on the other,
I have always had
a sneaking suspicion
that these people were working
to replace us with their damnable gadgets.
And of course, looking at today’s economy,
….. I can see how true that statement really is.
But this robot wasn’t just stealing jobs–
—– he could get his share of hotties, too.
It’s just another case of:
Robots Stealing Our Women,
This nine foot tall, 1000 pound robot
from the mid 1950’s was called “Gygan”.
The brain child of Italian engineer Piero Fiorito…
The monster was an amazing accomplishment
considering the materials Fiorito had to work with —
— mostly adapted parts from “Meccano” sets.
( a British construction toy,
…. similar, but more versatile,
than “Erector Sets” in the U.S.)
Gygan could respond to voice commands—
— at a range of one mile.
He got all kinds of press coverage at the time,
…. containing all his pertinent facts —
He actually got fan mail —
Bags and bags of it.
Mostly from women.
— and, of course–
No media blitz would be complete without pictures —
And Gygan’s was no exception.
There were pics with Gygan:
testing his strength,
raising and lowering his arms,
grasping stuff with his claws,
doing 20 pound curls (for the girls),
……. and moving several other parts independently.
What parts, I dunno….,
…… but he could also pick up women with ease.
Maybe it’s the size of the aluminum kilt he’s wearing.
I can’t figure it,
basing it purely on the size of that skirt, though…
Well, I assume it’s sorta like what Tom Arnold said,
when defending the size of his schwanzstucker (look it up)
from Roseanne Barr’s post-divorce insults:
” Even a 747 would look small inside the Grand Canyon “
Gygan was made up of over 300,000 parts,
including 13 electric motors,
170 valves, more than 50 relays,
— and ran on a 28 volt battery
which could energize him for about 280 minutes..
About 4 hours.
That capacity also seemed to make him
very popular with the ladies at the time.
Redheads especially, apparently.
As I said…
I suspect foul play, man.
Just as a little post script
to this story,
for all you engineering freaks,
and, of course,
those ladies who are looking to
replace their fella with something a little more durable……
Gygan ( also known as Cygan )
sold for $27,000 at the Christies’ Auction.
But, his rare, irreplaceable electronic gizzards
were nowhere to be found,
…… so he is out of the lady killer business,
Long may he rust in peace.