Mechanical Willie (Aug, 1934)

Great strides have been made in reducing the size of Mechanical “Willies” in the last 70 years.

Mechanical “Willie” Combines Crooning With Housework
CROONING in mellow baritone on command and manipulating a vacuum cleaner with almost human skill, “Mechanical Willie,” laboratory robot, may prove a novel servant.

The product of Westinghouse engineers, Willie salutes, raises flags, smokes, sits, stands and bows at the operator’s orders. Words spoken via a receiver are transformed by a photo electric cell into light beams which transmit impulses to his operating mechanism.

  1. Jaber says: February 29, 20086:36 pm

    Aren’t mechanical willies outlawed in most of the southern states?

  2. Wade George says: May 26, 20086:14 pm

    Oh come on, even in ’34 this had to be a joke!

  3. carlm says: September 16, 20083:54 am

    You can be sore if its a Westinghouse!

  4. Andrew L. Ayers says: May 9, 20102:04 am


    No – this isn’t a joke, this was an actual promotional device developed by Westinghouse, one of many Westinghouse developed “robots” to demonstrate and showcase their electronic controls research, development, and products. For the time, the system developed by Westinghouse for remote automation, data acquisition, and control was very state-of-the-art. For more information, see:……

  5. Steve says: October 28, 201011:53 pm

    does mechanical willie have anything to do with the wandering weenie?

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