Unimate is an industrial robot created by George Devol. The robot was used to work on the General Motors assembly line in New Jersey. Its job was to weld die castings onto automobile bodies, an otherwise dangerous task for human workers. Unimate weighed 4,000 pounds and was able to lift objects that weighed up to 500 pounds. Unimate was the first industrial robot ever created and patented. In 2003 Unimate was placed in the Robot Hall of Fame.
In 1956 inventors George Devol and Joseph Engelberger met and made a serious commitment to develop a real, working robot.