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500-year-old story of the robot to be told at Science Museum
Opening tomorrow, a major new exhibition explores humanity's centuries old quest to re-imagine people as moving, talking and thinking machines.
More than 100 robots are on display, ranging from a 16th century automaton monk to characters from science fiction films and research lab creations.
Inventor Richard Greenhill's Shadow Biped, a 1980s attempt to build the world's first humanoid robot using wooden bones and air-powered muscles, is also featured.
Mr Greenhill, 73, from London, said: "I came up with the concept of the air muscle which powered the biped.
"To make my invention work, I went to a local department store's bridal section, where they sold gloves for bridesmaids featuring some netting that was perfect to go around my fledgling muscles. I bought dozens of pairs."
He went on to construct the shadow hand in the 1990s - at the time the world's most humanlike hand - which is also on show.