The chronology below
shows how the concepts described on this site evolved:
Kent Davis and David GoWell design and build special
effects for TV magician Doug Henning's live NBC TV
1978 - Davis and
GoWell form GoWell & Kent - The Illusion Engineers to
create marketing programs using special effects for
1979 - Davis and
GoWell invent interactive robots with multimedia
communication abilities called Electronic Personalities
(EPs). That year, they began developing applications for
this new medium in the areas of marketing, education and
1980 - RoboMedia,
Inc. is incorporated in the state of NJ. To prove that
they take all this very seriously, RM's robot character
Foobie announced his candidacy for President of the United
States during a press conference at the National Press
Building in Washington D.C. AP and UPI wire stories
showing Foobie campaigning in front of the White House are
1981 - Foobie became
the first RM robot in Europe with a series of performances
in London, including a feature interview on BBC.
1983 - Foobie goes
to Hollywood and becomes guest star on NBC's hit show
Silver Spoons with Ricky Schroeder.
1979-1984 - RM uses
their robots to produce shopping mall merchandising and
entertainment events. Industry publication JONESREPORT
published more than 1000 **** ratings from mall marketing
managers for G&K's robotic events.
1985 - RM designs a
custom robot mascot and complete robotic marketing program
for the DeBartolo chain of 72 US shopping malls.
1986 - In
cooperation with an expert development team, RM develops
the first formal educational curriculum designed for
robotic implementation in elementary schools: The Million
Dollar Machine life skills enrichment program.
1987 - RM creates a
school-based national public relations program for a major
corporate client. The program generates more than
$1,000,000 in positive media coverage during its first
1988 - RM builds a
custom robot mascot and designs a school and community
based public relations program for a regional health
1989 - President
Bush recognizes the MDM program with a Presidential Award
at the White House.
1990 - G&K's
Million Dollar Machine program receives the International
Council of Shopping Centers MAXI Award for Marketing
1991 - MDM archives
are organized for publication featuring dozens of awards,
city and state proclamations and comments from
professional educators praising its effectiveness.
1992 - Columbia
University, the University of Medicine New Jersey and
Vanderveer Research Institute simultaneously release
scientific studies demonstrating the effectiveness of
G&K's educational MDM curricula.
1993 - A group of
non-profit foundations join forces to fund a three year
educational outreach giving MDM to tens of thousands of
inner city children in Newark, NJ and New York City.
1994 - G&K's
robot teachers go on a national tour of US children's
hospitals to introduce the Super Power Tour healing
1995 - The number of
US students that have experienced the MDM curriculum's
live robotic introduction tops 2,000,000. RM introduces an
EP program exclusively for museums. The income producing
program includes RoboMedia's corporate Educational
Outreach Marketing package to maximize museum visibility
and media interaction.
1995 - RoboMedia
licenses it's technology to Siam Inter Active Media, Ltd
in Bangkok, Thailand for ongoing research on interactive
1997 - With new
infusions of capital and technology, G&K updates its
image and becomes RoboMedia, Inc. It's purpose is to
disseminate information using the Internet and develop the
next generation of EP robots.
1999 - RoboMedia
releases a new robot series with digital sound, all
terrain drive system and special electrical effects.
Isle of Capri Casinos hosts celebrity robot appearances
2000 - Variety
Entertainment features RM's celebrity robot entertainers
in more than 30 state fairs across the US.
collaboration with STAR Media and NJ FamilyCare, RM
presents educational programs to tens of thousands of NJ
students promoting health care and insurance awareness.