Robots Beginning with T

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A to Z of Robots - Robots Beginning with TT-800 – A Cyberdyne Systems robotic foot soldier from the sci-fi film ‘The Terminator’ (1984).Skynet, a military defence system developed by Cyberdyne Systems for the US military, gains self-awareness and decides the human race is a threat, whereupon…
“Three billion lives ended on August 29th 1997. The human survivors of the nuclear fire, lived on to face a new nightmare; the war against the machines. Constantly hunted by robotic ‘Terminators’ and ‘Hunter-Killers’, the survivors are beginning to get the upper hand.”Schwarzenegger’s character in ‘Terminator 2’ was referred to as a Cyberdyne Systems Model 101, suggesting that 101 refers to the skinning of the T-800 and T-850 endoskeleton.”

For a not exhaustive list of robots featured or mentioned in the four Terminator films and the ‘Sarah Conner Chronicles’ TV series, see  the Terminator Wiki.

Terminator 1000 series T-1000 –  Featured in the sci-fi film ‘Terminator 2 – Judgement Day’ (1991).
A liquid metal robot that could morph itself into nigh on anything!
talosTalos –  In Greek mythology, Talos was a very large bronze man like automaton created to protect Europa (a high-born Phoenician woman) living on Crete.
Talos was constructed on the order of Zeus by Hephaestus the Greek god of blacksmiths (some writings also mention Daedalus a craftsman).Talos appeared in the 1963 film ‘Jason and the Argonauts‘, based on stories from the poem Argonautica.
Terminator Robots –  As you might expect, four Terminator films, the ‘Sarah Conner Chronicles’ TV series and other media about a war with intelligent machines, will have a vast array of killer bots to haunt us. Here is a list. The Terminator Wiki does a very good job of accommodating all aspects of the Terminator franchise including pictures of some of the robots.
Tik-Tok – The Copper Clock-work Man first appears in ‘Ozma of Oz’ the third book in the Oz series of books by Lyman Frank Baum and illustrator W. W. Denslow.Dorothy returns to Oz and is chased by ‘wheelers’ and takes refuge on a hill. Opening a door she finds a round, burnished copper man. From a card on his back she reads:
Patent Double-Action, Extra-Responsive, Thought-Creating, Perfect-Talking MECHANICAL MAN.
Fitted with our Special Clock-Work Attachment.
Thinks, Speaks, Acts, and Does Everything but Live.
Manufactured only at our Works at Evna, Land of Ev.
All infringements will be promptly Prosecuted according to Law.”
“Directions for using:
For THINKING:-Wind the Clock-work Man under his
left arm, (marked No. 1.)
For SPEAKING:-Wind the Clock-work Man under his right arm, (marked No. 2.)
For WALKING and ACTION:-Wind Clock-work in the middle of his back, (marked No. 3.)
N.B.-This Mechanism is guaranteed to work perfectly for a thousand years.”Tik-Tok also appears in the ‘Nome King’ one of the Little Wizard of Oz booklets published in 1913 and again in the novel ‘Tik-Tok of Oz’, 1914.
Two other metal men featured in the Oz series of books – The Tin Soldier and the Tin Woodman.Good link:
Tin Soldier – The Tin Soldier was built by the famous tinsmith, Ku-Klip in the book ‘The Tin Woodman of Oz’ written by Lyman Frank Baum, 1918.In this book, the Tin Woodman, Dorothy, the scarecrow and a few others, happen upon another tin man in the woods!
This tin man is immobile with rust and almost identical to the Tin Woodman, save for a sword, a hat and a few more buttons!
After oiling the tin soldier he tells a similar story to that of the Tin Woodman – The wicked Witch of the East enchanted his sword which chopped up his body parts.Before he was cut up the Tin Soldier was called Captain Fyter.
Two other metal men featured in the Oz series of books – The Tin Woodman and Tik-Tok
A to Z of Robots - Robots Beginning with TTin Woodman – From the book ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by Lyman Frank Baum and illustrator W. W. Denslow.
First published in 1900.
In this the original book, Dorothy and the Scarecrow stumbled upon an immobile tin man who had been rusted up for over a year! Dorothy freed him by oiling his joints.
Upon learning of Dorothy’s mission to find the Great Wizard Oz, the Tin Woodman asked “Do you suppose Oz could give me a heart?” and so joined the party.The Tin Woodman was actually born Nick Chopper but had his axe cruelly enchanted by the wicked Witch of the East. His left leg was accidentally chopped of first and a Tinsmith called Ku-Klip  kindly fitted a new tin leg. Further accidents chopped of all his limbs, head and body. Each time Ku-Klip replaced the parts, except for one – his heart.A musical film adaptation was produced in 1939 starring Judy Garland, where the Tin Woodman sang “When a man’s an empty kettle he should be on his mettle, and yet I’m torn apart. Just because I’m presuming’ that I could be kind-a-human, If I only had heart.”Two other metal men featured in the Oz series of books – The Tin Soldier and Tik-Tok.
A to Z of Robots - Robots Beginning with TTin Plate Toy Robots – Appeared after the Second World War when occupied Japan needed to restore its economy. Japanese toy makers were encouraged to make tin plate toys for the American market, and since around this time there was great interest in space and science fiction, tin plate spaceships and robots emerged.
“Perhaps this is the beginnings of the obvious love affair with robots that Japan has today”.There are literally thousands of reproduction tin plate robot toys on the market today, genuine versions being highly collectable and expensive!
Early toys where hand painted, later models where detailed using lithography.The worlds first tin toy robot is considered to be Robot Lilliput. See also the ‘Gang of Five‘.Robot Island have a good catalogue of tin robots, as does Robots Inc.You can make your own paper craft versions – Take a look.
T-Meg (also known as the T-1000000) is from a Terminator 3-D film and theme ride at the Universal Studios theme park, USA) called ‘Battle Across Time’.The theme ride introduces the ultimate Terminator,T-Meg. A T-1000000 chrome, spider like, robot which morphs out of Skynet’s core. The ride is set in a bleak and blasted Los Angeles of 2029, where terminators of various shapes and sizes hunt and kill humans.The ride also features physical T-70 mechanical soldiers firing mini-guns.
A to Z of Robots - ToborA to Z of Robots - Tobor PosterTOBOR – was originally a protagonist in the American sci-fi TV-series Captain Video and his Video Rangers, 1949-1954.TOBOR made it to the big screen as the main character in the sci-fi ‘B’ movie. ‘TOBOR the GREAT’, 1954.
In the film TOBOR is an experimental robot space pilot designed by scientists Dr Harrison and Prof. Nordstrom to explore deep space.
The robot is endowed with human emotions and can receive telepathic commands. TOBOR becomes friendly with Prof. Nordstrom’s grandson, an 11-year-old boy nicknamed Gadge. The prof and Gadge are kidnapped by enemy agents (communists) who seek the plans of TOBOR. However, Gadge manages to summon TOBOR telepathically, who dutifully comes to the rescue.TOBOR was designed by Robert Kinoshita who also designed Robby the Robot (Forbidden Planet) and B-9 (Lost in Space).Rumour has it that TOBOR’s name was supposed to be ‘ROBOT I’, in the TV series but the costume stencil was applied backwards! (That doesn’t work for me though)
A to Z of Robots - TorchyTorchy – the battery boy, was the lead puppet in the children’s TV series ‘Torchy’. Directed by Gerry Anderson and written by Roberta Leigh in 1958 for UK ITV.
Torchy was a walking, talking, toy, boy with a battery inside his body and a magical torch in his head.Torchy was created by Mr.Bumbledrop in the first episode, to find the local children’s lost toys and his dog, Pom-Pom.
Torchy’s lamp has a very special light beam that enables him to find anything anywhere, but he must recite special words to use it.
” Magic beam that is so bright will you shine your lovely light on …” Torchy goes on to have many adventures in the TV series.Video Archive of the first episode.
Transformers – Are shape changing robots from the planet Cybertron.Transformers first appeared as toys in the 1980s. The toys could be physically reconfigured from robot to vehicle such as cars, planes and trucks. Transformers are depicted as two warring factions; the Autobots (the good guys) and Decepticons (the bad guys).
The Transformers franchise soon expanded into comics, TV, books and film.There are many generations of Transformers – for more information visit Wikipedia.Another good resource is Transformers World.
Troody – A bipedal walking dinosaur. 1996-2001. Image: Courtesy of Peter Dilworth
A self contained, 4.5 kg, two-legged robotic replica of a Troodon dinosaur from the Cretaceous period. Troody stands about 45 cm at the hips and uses fourteen tiny motors in the limbs, powered by  24V x 1.2 Ah batteries, good for approximately 30 mins of operation per charge.
Troody is one of several walking robots created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Leg Lab (Nice video to watch).
A to Z of Robots - TwikiTwiki – From the US sci-fi TV series, ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th century’, 1979–1981.
Captain Buck Rogers is an astronaut frozen in space who awakens in the 25th century. He soon makes a friend and sidekick with a robot calling him Twiki.Buck teaches Twiki 20th century ways so that he can feel at home and banter with the little metre tall guy.Twiki is actually a TWKE-4 model 2223-T servant robot. One of thousands of robots actually called Ambuquads. Twiki also carries a machine slung around his neck, containing the intelligence of Dr Theododopolis.Twiki also had an admirer called Tina a gold coloured Ambuquad.
Twiki, who was played by Felix Silla, is often heard to utter the words biddi-biddi-biddi.Another robot that featured in the TV series was Crichton, an actual remote controlled robot.
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Robots Beginning with T


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