Thursday, April 20, 2006

Robot Hall of Fame Inductees

The third year inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame were announced. The Robot Hall of Fame is run by Canegie Mellon University to honor robots, both real and fictional, that have inspired or demonstrated significant accomplishments for robots.

The official induction ceremony for the 5 honorees will be held at the RoboBusiness Conference in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on June 20 this year.

Here are pictures (stolen form various websites) of this year's inductees:

AIBO, an entertainment robot from SONY that was mass-marketed from 1999 until production was stopped this year:

SCARA, Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm. SCARA robots, with shoulder, elbow and wrist joints, are commonly used in pick-and-place assembly and packaging operations.

Robot Maria, from "Metropolis" works for a city's evil corporate leader to instigate a worker's revolt. She established an image for robotics that would persist for decades. Maria's art deco design influenced that of C-3P0 in "Star Wars," a movie that premiered a half-century after the silent film classic.

Gort from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" He was left behind on Earth with the promise that all humanity would be destroyed if they did not get along with each other.

Boy android David from the movie "AI".
"David provides an important template for thinking about robot/human relationships, said psychologist Sherry Turkle, director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. "I think that the problem he sets up with his adoptive mother, Monica -- that we love the machine we nurture -- is a significant model for an important psychological dynamic in contemporary robotics.""

Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 19, 2006

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