Definitions and objectives

  • Philippe Coiffet
Part of the Robot Technology book series (RT, volume 1)


The word seems to have first become popular when Karel Capek’s play, Rossum’s Universal Robot, was performed in France in the 1920s. In the play, small artificial and anthropomorphic creatures strictly obeyed their master’s orders. In Czech these creatures were called ‘robota’ (which is the Russian word for ‘work’).*


Planning Algorithm Industrial Robot Stereoscopic View Russian Word Important Characteristic Feature 


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© Kogan Page Ltd 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philippe Coiffet
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  1. 1.Automation LaboratoryMontpellierFrance

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