Demonstrations of robots developed at Queen Mary's College, some destined for moon missions.
Mile End, London.
In the faculty of engineering at Queen Mary's College we see several robots in action. Brian Shayer operates a model centipede walking machine; Professor M W Thring shows his walking machine with metal legs, part of his research into powered legs for limbless people; it walks across a table.
Charles Ford operates a 'Mole Miner' machine, that can dig up minerals where it is difficult or dangerous for humans; this was to be taken on a moon expedition. A full-sized version of the centipede walking machine carries a man along; apparently to be used for crossing swampy or moon ground.
Charles Ford sits in a step-climbing carriage; hooks come out of the wheels to pull the carriage up a small stairway; this was designed for the use of Thalidomide victims.
Note: there are cameraman's notes on file. Professor Thring was Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the college.