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Shakey Images

   1967

August 21, 1967

August 21, 1967
In the large version of this image, you can see the "cat whiskers", fine wires that were used to detect bumping into objects.



November 17, 1967

By August 1967, Shakey was operational. You can see small differences between the August and November images. The attachment of the umbilical cord is different. In the November pictures, there were some additional fine wires or string around Shakey's head.

The undated pictures were apparently taken between November 1967 and November 1968. The umbilical cord had been modified since August 1967, but the radio connection was not yet installed. The drive motor housing had been changed to the same as in November 1968.

   1968

November 14, 1968

The November 14, 1968, image labelled to show the parts of Shakey
   1969
Shakey must get to the block on the raised floor.
October 7, 1969

Shakey finds the ramp.

Shakey pushes the ramp to the raised floor.

Shakey goes up the ramp.

Shakey knocks the block off.
   1972

Romanian dignitary Manea Manescu and SRI's Dave Brown inspect Shakey
March 27, 1972

Other seminal research was ongoing at the same time. Around the corner, on the same floor, in the Augmentation Center lab, Doug Englebart was experimenting with video screens and a computer pointing device called a "mouse".
   Date not recorded

Tom Garvey and Helen Chan (Wolf) operate Shakey.
   1983

In 1983, Shakey was donated to the Computer History Museum (then in Boston). Some of the people that worked on Shakey gathered to say goodbye on August 18, 1983.


Charlie Rosen
Principal investigator of the Shakey projects

Back: Charles Rosen, Bertram Raphael, Dick Duda,
Milt Adams, Gerald Gleason, Peter Hart, Jim Baer
Front: Richard Fikes, Helen Wolf, Ted Brain

   These images are from the collection of Sven Wahlstrom, a member of the Shakey team.

Triple exposure of Shakey moving
Triple exposure of Shakey moving
Shakey's camera and range finder
Shakey's camera and range finder
Shakey's parts identified
Shakey's parts identified
Early plan for Shakey
Early plan for Shakey
Sven Wahlstrom(l) and Nils Nilsson(r) with Shakey
Sven Wahlstrom(l) and Nils Nilsson(r) with Shakey.
This is likely from August 1967 or earlier. The table on the left was Sven's workstation.
Shakey's internal workings being filmed
Shakey's internal workings being filmed
SRI phone book featuring Shakey
SRI phone book featuring Shakey
Snapshot of Sven Wahlstrom and others around Shakey
Snapshot of Sven Wahlstrom and others around Shakey
A cartoon depicting Shakey
A cartoon depicting Shakey

 

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