2009 Robot Hall of Famers

Roomba and Others Achieve Robot Greatness
July 21st, 2009 - Alexis

As mentioned in our last blog post, the Robot Hall of Fame has found a new home at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA. On behalf of the Robot Hall of Fame, we proudly announce this year’s inductees.

  • NASA Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity
  • iRobot Roomba (WOOT!!!! You go, Meticulor!)
  • DaVinci Medical Robot System
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie, from the 1971 film “Silent Running”
  • T-800 Terminator, from the 1984 film “The Terminator”


Congratulations Class of 2010! Read on for more information about the Robot Hall of Fame!

As you can see from this year’s inductees, both real and fictional robots have been inducted into the hall of fame since its inception in 2003.

Robots from Science – These are real robots that have served useful or potentially useful functions and demonstrated unique skills in accomplishing the purpose for which they were created. These may also be robots created primarily to entertain, as long as they function autonomously.

Robots from Science Fiction – These are fictional robots that have inspired us to create real robots that are productive, helpful, and entertaining. These robots have achieved worldwide fame as fictional characters and have helped form our opinions about the functions and values of real robots.” source

The creation of the Robot Hall of Fame was announced on the 30th of April, 2003, at the Opening Gala Celebration  for the RoboCup First American Open. (You may remember our recent post about the Robocup. The American Open is a local Robocup event, whereas the one we blogged about was the international competition; both are part of the same family of events).

If you can, I encourage you to visit the Robot Hall of Fame. You can view up-close many of the robots who have been honored with induction there, including many of our favorite television/movie robots of the past and present. Bask in the robotic glow of  star-bots such as:

Finally, you can take a look at this video to get a peek at the Robot Hall of Fame… as if you needed more of a reason to go!

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