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She Sweeps! She Dusts! She's the First Female Robot!

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Meet the "first female robot," Susie Robette, from 1957. An FAO Schwartz catalog at the time promised the Robette would be "feminine enough to wear a pony tail of coppered wire." You can find more images here, as well as a patent sketch and some catalog pages, the latter of which reveal she was a product of the "Little Lady" toy company. Remember, girls, nothing says robotic fun like housework!


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Annalee Newitz

@westendgirl: Hahaha. My Roomba just went gay because its dad never taught it to play football.