Adelbrecht

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Adelbrecht first version

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'.

Adelbrecht opened
First design sketch

Etymology[edit]

The name "Adelbrecht" is a name consisting of two Middle Dutch words, Adel (Good) and Brecht (Nice). A modern version of this name is Albert or Elbert.

See also[edit]

Robotic art

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