The construction of the Salvius robot began one late night near the end of November in 2008. The first body was composed of nothing more than some plexiglass, motors, and parts of a few remote-controlled cars. The robots arms could be controlled remotely and if one were to plug a music player into the speaker on the bottom of the head the robot could be made to make any number of noises and sounds.
The first prototype was weak and had a limited range of movement. The arms often tore themselves off of the plastic body when they moved. The 9.6 volt rechargeable battery that powered the arm's motors and the RF receiver was completely depleted after only a few minutes of use because of the great strain of having to supply power to so many motors.
After improving the construction of the robot by using strong metal axials to support the arms the construction of the robot was greatly improved but many improvements would still be necessarily before Salvius would be ready to do anything.
(robot side view)