If you're into gadgets (and who isn't?), then a trip to the Robot Hall of Fame might made an interesting summer trip ... (Look, we now offer travel planning!)
I liked the way PC Magazine covered this news announcement about the recent inducation ceremony in Pittsburgh:
Baseball has one, as does rock and roll. But perhaps only the robotics industry has a Hall of Fame that inducts imaginary members. The hall's third annual induction ceremony honored two real and three imagined robots, all of which ... capped the two-day Robo Business event.
Founded three years ago by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) West's Dean James H. Morris, the Hall recognized:
- The art-deco female robot Maria of Fritz Lang's 1926 film Metropolis
- Daniel, the central android boy character from Steven Spielberg's AI"(portrayed by Haley Joel Osment)
- Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Sony's discontinued AIBO robot pup see photo above)
- The SCARA industrial assembly robot arm
Judges included Matt Mason, director of CMU's Robotics Institute, 2001 Space Odyssey author Arthur C. Clarke, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and The Sims creator Will Wright. Actor Anthony Daniels, best known for his portrayal of C3PO in all six of George Lucas's Star Wars films, served as master of ceremonies. (C3PO was inducted into the Hall in 2004.)
There's a lot interesting comments about robots and the award winners in particular in the full article -- if you're a gadget fan, you may be a robot fan, too (www.pcmag.com).
Interested to hear your thoughts about the most recent inductees ...
Anybody actually been to the place?
Would there be gadgets without robots?