Adelbrecht was a speaking, interactive robot in the form of a ball, designed by Martin Spanjaard (born 1952 in Haarlem, Netherlands).
A first, simple version of Adelbrecht was presented in 1985. Martin Spanjaard chose the name 'Adelbrecht' because for him it had the connotation of 'stupid' and 'stubborn' which described the character the robot would display.
Starting 1988 a second, more powerful version was developed. It detected several different 'situations', like: sleeping, waking up, rolling, bumping, being stuck, being petted etcetera. Together with variables with nicknames like 'lust' and 'fatigue' this enabled Adelbrecht to say things in connection with his actual situation and his near past.
In 1992 it got an honourable mentioning at the Prix Ars Electronica. Its last performance, during newyears eve of 2000, never happened because of a serious hardware failure. Since then Martin Spanjaard proclaimed Adelbrecht a 'dead robot'.
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- Article by Francisco van Jole in the Dutch magazine Blvd (1994)
- Article by Dirk van Weelden in Mediamatic
- Article about Atos Origin on the Dutch Wikipedia
- Ars Electronica Linz, Honorable mentioning (1992)
- Page about Adelbrecht in the Catalogue of the NIMK (Netherlands Media Art Institute)
- Short bio of Martin Spanjaard at V2, Institute of the unstable media, the Netherlands
- Video registration at YouTube (3'40")