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Charging Arm  
  A specialized device allowing a robot to charge itself.  

This is a very early example of the idea of a robot that can charge itself.

The man whistled. A small one-purpose robot of the Martian type, with wheels instead of legs, rolled in.


('Masters of Chance' by William Morrison)

A drink for me and my pal, the man ordered. The robot brought in the drinks, and that reminded BrR-19. Seeing an energy outlet in one of the walls, he thrust in his charging arm to replenish his store of energy.

Technovelgy from Masters of Chance, by William Morrison.
Published by Thrilling Wonder Stories in 1941
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Compare to the self-charging robot from Callahan and the Wheelies (1960) by Stephen Barr.

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