Professor Daniel Dennett found this peculiar robot dog in a shop in France. He quickly swiped it up and named it tati, in honor of Jaques Tati a director who incorporated this same whimsical style into a film called Mon Oncle. Daniel really wants to know something about this dog. Who made it? Why? What features did it have? He’s even offering a reward on his site. I’ll include a link at the very end of this article, but at the time I was looking it took forever to load. Since it looks like it might be under heavy load, I’ve tossed the entire gallery of pictures after the break. Do you know what this little guy’s story is?
update: Cyberneticzoo.com seems to have gotten a tiny bit more information back in 2008 on the dog.
One correspondent has told me that Tati (my name for it, of course, not the name its creator chose, certainly) was commissioned by Prince Louis de Broglie, the Belgian physicist and Nobel laureate, for his granddaughter in Paris. She fell on hard times and sold it to an antique dealer. Could be, but my efforts to confirm the story have not yet born fruit.