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This little clip is a must see for anyone interested
in the field. Marco Tempest is big on ideas like this,
but using a GMFanuc Robot as an aid is certainly breaking
new ground here.

Bot N Dolly

I know quite a bit about the GM Fanuc Robot.
IBM used them in the IBM 3495 Automated Tape Library Data Server Units.

If you owned a unit like this, you could a file anywhere in the world,
the robot would roll over to the spot on the wall and retrieve a magnetic
tape from it's storage area and then slide back to the mainframe for your use.

Only CERN and our very own NRC owned these units in the early stages.
Fannie Mae would later become our first commercial unit sold in The USA.

It was able to find this magnetic tape by use of its grippers and
camera and laser technology. We essentially gave it eyes and a brain.
My task specifically was to teach it not only how to walk, but how
to figure out how to slow itself down slowly so it wouldn't rock
back and forth by bringing it to a gradual stop instead of abruptly.

I was a part of the prototype engineering project for developing
this 1 million dollar retail unit. IBM decided to scale back
the smaller desktop pc workstation production and put it's focus
on developing data servers for larger applications and government
entities and needs.

It was a mistake in hindsight as Dell Computers jumped in to fill
the need of providing pc desktop units.

Folks told us that this little guy was meant to be static.
We put this puppy on some pig iron and added some rails to
the base of the unit to give it some lateral movement and freedom,
no longer relegated to just being used to make automobile welds etc...

Here is a promo video of the IBM Data Server...this guy is a dinosaur
compared to the smaller more user friendly data retrieval systems of today.
IBM 3495
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We have about sixty tape storage "silos" in the data center I manage. It's fascinating to watch them when there's a lot of activity.

Several years ago I noticed that one of the the Jack Ryan movies with Harrison Ford had a scene with a tape storage bot operating in a glass-walled room. Don't know whether this ever happens in real life, but it was a cool scene...
Things are more like they are today than they've ever been before...
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@Clinton,
It does happen in real life.
I participated in many Automated Tape Library Data Server installations
around the world, both commercial and government related.

The clear "windows" are Lexan not glass.

The fact that one was used in the "Box" video is what drew my attention.
I never saw the GM Fanuc Bot that way, but I see now that I missed a
real opportunity there in some regards.
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