Stanford Cart: When Robots Started Seeing In 3D

Terminators have night and infrared vision. But they had to start somewhere, right? In 1979, a robot at Stanford called Cart that was radio-linked to a mainframe tracked and navigated 3D obstacles using a sliding camera for stereoscopic vision.

First, they saw chairs littered around rooms. Then they saw us. [CMU]

Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analogue age gave way to the digital, and most of our favourite toys were just being born.