Science Fiction Dictionary
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

 

Russians Plan Railroad Gandydancer Robots

A group of Russian robots talked and even danced in the Riga train station to prepare the public for the day when robots will perform the dangerous jobs instead of people. Speaking on behalf of its maker, Android Robotics Corp., an AR-400 robot greeted visitors and described itself, saying "Hello. I am the AR-400, Russia's first working robot. My height is forty centimeters and my weight is seventy kilograms. Thank you for your attention."


(Russian railroad robot AR-400)

Visitors to the station were informed by staff that one day, Russian-made robots would be performing the dangerous jobs like coupling and uncoupling cars. They would even be equipped with Russia's equivalent of GPS, the Global Navigation Satellite System (ГЛОНАСС).

A group of smaller AR-100 robots put on quite a show, dancing for visitors.


(Dancing AR-100 Russian railroad robots)

In case you're wondering, "gandydancer" is a 19th century slang term for someone who works on and maintains railroads. The origin of the term is obscure; gandies were hand tools used to get tracks into position before being nailed down. An alternative explanation is that each heavy rail was roughly positioned by a small group of men who would carry the rail between their legs and "waddle" it into position; the men were called "ganders" after their waddling walk.

Via Polit.ru.

Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 12/21/2007)

Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.

| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |

Would you like to contribute a story tip? It's easy:
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add it here.

Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )

Related News Stories - (" Transportation ")

Aéroplume Blimp For One Reflects 150 Years
You could rent it yourself, but only in 2022 Paris.

Shift Moonwalkers Help You Walk Faster? How About Tractor Treads!
'...a man could sleep — if he could sleep in an erect position — while the little tractors on his boots carried him on and on.' - Raymond Z. Gallun, 1938.

CopterPack Is Robert Heinlein's 1954 Copter Harness
'...a single flyer, hopping free in a copter harness.' - Robert Heinlein, 1954.

Las Vegas Tunnels To Have Autonomous Teslas
'...just a steady velvety whirr as the taxi sped along.' - Isaac Asimov, 1951

 

Google
  Web TechNovelgy.com   

Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!) is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for the Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary, the Invention Timeline, or see what's New.

 

 

 

 

Science Fiction Timeline
1600-1899
1900-1939
1940's   1950's
1960's   1970's
1980's   1990's
2000's   2010's

Current News

San Francisco Wants ED-209, Or Maybe Robocop
'The Enforcement Droid series 209 is a self-sufficient law enforcement robot...'

Seoul Self-Driving 42dot Bus Unveiled
'Buses without drivers moved close to the curb and stopped at intervals.'

T. Gondii And The Leaders Of The Pack
'... infected males were more than 46 times more likely to become pack leaders than uninfected males.'

'Parastronaut' First Astronaut With Disability From ESA (Updated!)
'He had left Earth to get away from its gravitational field...'

MIT Self-Assembling Reprogrammable Materials
'Faster the cubes moved; faster the circle revolved; the pyramids raised themselves, stood bolt upright on their square bases...'

Mem, The All Your Memories, Super Note-Taking App
'Life experience is linearly additive, but the correlation of memory impressions is an unlimited expansion.'

Porcine Fat Cells For 3D-Printed Whole Pork Products
'I grabbed two Syntho-Steaks out of the freezer...'

LANIUS Loitering Drone Munition Scouts And Maps
'... micro-missiles proceeding at walking pace.'

Copilot Software AI Training Sued By Involuntary Contributors
'...we've promised him a generous pension from the royalties.'

Thin Film Dome Protects Cities From Nuclear Blasts
'What fabric can take that kind of a load? Synthetic spider silk.'

Mars Space Weather Alert (MSWA) System
'On the three-dimensional map at weather headquarters... the storm was colored orange.'

Thermite's Robot Firefighter
Possibly worthy of Transformers!

Fabrican Dress Sprayed Directly Onto Model On Coperni Runway
'...that might appeal to women, because by discharging from a few or a few dozen bottles a liquid that immediately set into fabrics... they could have a new creation every time.'

Israel Deploys Sharp Shooter AI-powered Robot Guns
'They lock onto the target... and do the actual shooting once the target is identified.'

Drone Loiter Munitions Now Available
'...a series of airborne loiter-drones posted on indefinite guard above.'

Amazon Blimp Parent Drone Concept
'So the parent drone carries a spotter that it launches...'

More SF in the News Stories

More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories

Home | Glossary | Invention Timeline | Category | New | Contact Us | FAQ | Advertise |
Technovelgy.com - where science meets fiction™

Copyright© Technovelgy LLC; all rights reserved.