Vote Your Favorite ‘Bot Into the Robot Hall of Fame

Got a thing for robots? For the first time ever, the general public will have a say about which automatons are inducted into Carnegie Mellon University’s Robot Hall of Fame (RHOF).

"The technology and art of robotics are advancing at an increasingly rapid rate and so the Robot Hall of Fame also must evolve," Shirley Saldamarco, RHOF director and faculty member at Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center, said in a statement. "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."

Folks can vote for their favorite robot in one of four categories: Education & Consumer, Entertainment, Industrial & Service, and Research. Each category has three robot contenders, and the roster of nominees include such big-name bots as WALL-E, Johnny 5, and Rosie, the maid from The Jetsons.

To vote, head on over to the Induction Voting page and pick your favorites before September 30, 2012. The final results will be announced at The Robot Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct 23 at Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. The new inductees will join such robot legends as NASA's Mars Sojourner, Honda's ASIMO, and Star Wars' R2-D2 and C-3PO in the Robot Hall of Fame.

Which robot are you pulling for?

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