A robot and his electric
dog. Sparko was built by Westinghouse as Elektro's robotic pet,
though from his much more basic construction, I have a feeling that he
was a bit of a slap-together job.
I recall reading
about Sparko as a small boy in a children's book of robots. Sparko was apparently equipped with photoelectric cells in his eyes
and would walk toward any bright light that was shined at him.
According to the book, Sparko was destroyed when he wandered out of
the Westinghouse pavilion and was run over when he tried to catch a car's
headlamps. A nice little tale, but if you look at Sparko's legs
you can see that this 'bot couldn't turn a degree in either direction
and would have enough trouble going straight, let alone "wandering"
out on to the public highways.
Still, Sparko was a
real babe magnet for Elektro.