Cast Your Vote For The 2012 Robot Hall of Fame Inductees!

Athletes have one, rock stars have one and now robots have their own as well! The Robot Hall of Fame was created in 2003 at Carnegie Melon University to recognize excellence in the field of robotics, both fictional and real. Having previously inducted robots such as Honda’s Asimo and “Star Wars’” R2D2 and C-3PO, this year the Robot Hall of Fame is letting the general public vote for inductees!

“The technology and art of robotics are advancing at an increasingly rapid rate and so the Robot Hall of Fame also must evolve,” said Shirley Saldamarco, RHOF director and a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center. “As more students, workers and consumers become accustomed to robots, it seems like a natural step to give the public a voice in selecting inductees.”

Anyone who wants their opinion taken into consideration will be able to vote for one robot in each of four categories – Education & Consumer, Entertainment, Industrial & Service, and Research. The nominees can be seen below!

Education & Consumer

• Aldebaran Robotics’ NAO, a 22-inch-tall humanoid that is widely used in education worldwide
• iRobot’s Create, a programmable robot based on the company’s popular robotic vacuum cleaner, Roomba
VEX Robotics Design System, a kit for designing and building robots that is widely used in the classroom and in competitions.

Entertainment

WALL-E, a waste-collecting robot that is the hero, love interest and namesake of Pixar’s 2008 computer-animated science fiction film
Johnny 5, a prototype military robot that learns to reject destruction and embrace life in the 1986 science fiction comedy, “Short Circuit”
Rosie, a maid robot with motherly qualities that took care of a human family on The Jetsons, a Hanna-Barbera animated sitcom first broadcast on ABC in 1962.

Industrial & Service

• iRobot’s PackBot, which performs bomb disposal and other dangerous assignments for the U.S. military;
Kiva System’s autonomous warehouse robots, which speed the processing of customer
orders. (Amazon Inc. acquired Kiva earlier this year);
Jason, a remotely operated vehicle designed and built by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, has explored hydrothermal vents in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans; a prototype, Jason Jr., surveyed the wreck of the Titanic.

Research

BigDog, a four-legged robot the size of a large dog or small mule, was developed by Boston
Dynamics for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to walk, run or climb with heavy loads over rough terrain
PR2, a two-armed robot built by Willow Garage that can navigate human environments and has the dexterity to grasp and manipulate objects
Robonaut, a dexterous, two-armed robot developed by NASA’s Johnson Space Center to help humans work in space; the latest version, Robonaut 2, was launched to the International Space Station in February 2011.

Votes can be cast by heading over to the official Robot Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Voting page. However, the best part is the induction ceremony, which will be held on October 23, 2012 at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, is open to the public and you can find ticket information right here!