AMS Team BEAST - Robotics | Robotics Hall of Fame

AMS Team BEAST - Robotics | Robotics Hall of Fame

A gallery of robots that influenced the future of robotics

By Nehal Patel

  • 1961


    Unimate was the first industrial robot, and it worked on a General Motors assembly line.

  • 1966


    Shakey was the first mobile robot that had AI (Artificial Intelligence), which means it could reason its actions.

  • 1994


    LEGO Mindstorms is a programmable way to make LEGO robots. It is done using a storyboard-style programming language available on both Windows and Mac.

  • 1997


    Sojourner was a rover that took a half year journey to Mars. It allowed us to explore and investigate the environment on Mars.

  • 1999


    AIBO (Artificial Intelligence roBOt) was an autonomous robot pet. It could learn and mature based on the owner's stimuli and the environment.

  • 2000


    ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative MObility) is a humanoid robot created by Honda to be a helper for people. It was even featured at Disneyland.

  • 2000


    da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic surgical system made by Intuitive Surgical. It's goal is to make surgeries safer and more efficient.

  • 2002


    Roomba is a series of autonomous vacuum cleaners made by iRobot. It can navigate a living space with obstacles while vacuuming the floor.

  • 2003


    Spirit and Opportunity were two remotely operated rovers that were sent to Mars as labs on wheels. They generated energy using solar panels and sent pictures to Earth. They ceased operation on March 22, 2010 when they stopped responding.

  • 2008


    WALL-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class) was a robot sent to Earth to clean the planet for an intended five-year period. By 2110, however, the planet became too toxic to sustain life, forcing humanity to remain in space. That WALL-E unit has managed to remain active beyond its designed operational lifespan by learning how to salvage and repair itself using parts from other broken down WALL-E units.