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The Robot Hall of Fame

Samuel Bouchard
by Samuel Bouchard on Feb 9, 2007 8:14:00 AM

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Is R2-D2 the most famous robot of all time? He’s one of them, anyway. In fact, he’s a charter member of the Robot Hall of Fame.

This institution was the brainchild of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science, renowned for its robotics research. Two categories of robots are eligible for the Hall of Fame. They are described below, with the names of the robots inducted since 2003:

  • Robots fromScience –real robots used by industry or daily life
    • Mars Pathfinder-Sojourner Rover (2003)
    • Unimate (2003)
    • Asimo (2004)
    • Shakey (2004)
    • Aibo (2006)
    • Scara (2006)
  • Robots fromScience Fiction – fictional robots from books and movies that have entered into our imagination
    • HAL 9000 (2003)
    • R2-D2 (2003)
    • Astro Boy (2004)
    • Robby, the Robot (2004)
    • C-3PO (2004)
    • David fromAI (2006)
    • Maria fromMetropolis (2006)
    • Gort (2006)

No word on why there were no new inductees in 2005 but you can nominate robots in 2007 That’s what I just did for Optimus Prime. Who are your nominees?

[image: maywong_photos on flickr]

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Samuel Bouchard
Written by Samuel Bouchard
Samuel Bouchard is President of Robotiq, a fast growing robotics company based out of Quebec City, Canada, that he co-founded in 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a bachelor in Engineering Physics from Laval University. He is also a regular speaker at international events on robotics technology and business.
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