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Britain’s first robot

Britain’s first robot

Well… almost. Eric is actually a faithful reconstruction of a robot made in 1928.

He was the one of the world’s first robots, and the first ever to be made in Britain – a two-metre technological titan described in the press as an “almost-perfect man”.

That regal bearing is no trick of the light. Eric was in fact originally designed as a stand-in for the Queen’s father, the Duke of York.

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