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Chris Atkeson/Robot Museum
CMU Robotics Institute
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, USA, 15213
"Crowley's HERO robot was taken, canibalized and destroyed."
"The last Pluto existed until 9 years ago, when it was dumpstered during a purge."
"Navlab 1 was actively working as the power source for farm equipment that feeds animals from a grain silo. Some farm in Zelienople that a farmer had given XXX permission and the ability to fly and test his helicopters."
"I just told one of our guys to scrap one of the very first WAMs."
"Gregory visited Marvin Minsky and enquired about what happened to his maze-solving computer (SNARC). Minsky replied that it was lent to some Dartmouth students and it was disassembled. However, he had one 'neuron' left, and Gregory took a photo of it."
"Neptune was damaged in Newell Simon Hall flooding, and thrown out."
"Unfortunately the Navlab5 minivan was owned by Delco/Delphi. A couple years after No Hands Across America they asked us to return it and from what I hear, they had it crushed. :-(."
We have started by collecting still images of exhibits and artifacts.
We will experiment with interactive 3D models and scans of exhibits and artifacts. Our ultimate goal is to allow explorers to take apart or rebuild a robot, or even redesign a robot, to see how it works, or can be made to work better. Suppose you could take a ride in a self driving car, for example. Or have a conversation with a robot. Or arm wrestle with a robot.
Other early computer vision systems:
I have a 5-camera stereo head, which is 1993 and which I claim the first full video rate full-frame (256x256x8bit) distance-image generation stereo machine. Unfortunately the electronics (a full rack of VME boards) is gone. [Kanade]
Cognitron of NHK is interesting in the sense that it is the earliest "deep" network machine (or CNN machine) - LeCun agrees. I am not sure if NHK still has it or is willing to give away even if it does. [Kanade]
Traveling exhibit developed by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
Swiss robot exhibition.
Stanford Cart at CHM.
DVD of european robots
List of labs
A new association (but with increased links to industry)
IIT, DRL, ETHZ, Dario Floreano and Aude Billard at EPFL, Rolf Pfeifer at Uni Zurich, LAAS in Toulouse France, SSSA (Paolo Dario) in Pisa
Sutherland exhibit at Posner Center.
Newell and Simon exhibit in Doherty C317.
European Robot Museum
Computer History Museum
cyberneticzoo.com A history of cybernetic animals and early robots.
of what is in Japanese Museums
Timeline of Robotics 1 of 2 Timeline of Robotics 2 of 2
50 Years of Industrial
Fun with basic robot
The "Robot" of the Year Zero
Robotics time line
Bloomberg: Why Google Wants to Sell Its Robots: Reality Is Hard
Robohub: Why Making Robots Is Still Hard