Joe, None exist that I've ever found. I had to dig down very deep to
find even basic Popular Science-type magazine articles to get anything.
You can try FindArticles.com to get some published material.
I live on the West coast myself, and I see you're based in Oz. But if
you have an associate who can do the legwork, you might have that person
visit the Schenectady Museum, which houses a number of GE archival
material. I know that when I wrote and called GE's public relations
office a few years ago inquiring about the Hardiman, no one responded
other than with a "huh??"
The museum has online pages here: http://www.schenectadymuseum.org /
Good luck. And please share what you find. The world has almost
forgotten these important milestones in robotics. The "book" on
Hardiman, Handyman, the 4-legged walking truck and other GE innovations
of that period (not to mention Ralph Mosher and other GE engineers) has
yet to be written -- you interested? <g>
Author: Constructing Robot Bases (Forthcoming)
Robot Builder's Sourcebook, Robot Builder's Bonanza
Well said, Gordon. But hey, are YOU interested?! :)
I used to have pictures of the Hardyman and the Walking Truck on my
cubicle at Imagineering and always wondered what it would be to meet the
men that constructed those machines.
My mentor from Canon, Bob Wadsworth, worked on the Apollo guidance
system and has told me some great stories about that, back when RAM was
measured in the hundreds of bytes and shared between different mission
This was all before I was born, but I can't avoid being drawn to the
allure of clever engineering that persevered in the 1950s and 60s.
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