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Last Updated: Wednesday May 18 2005 16:21 GMT

Award winning robots

Asimo robot. Its name stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility
Robots from both science and science fiction have been honoured for their contribution to robotic history.

Honda's Asimo bot, Shakey the Robot, Astroboy, C3PO and Robby the Robot will officially take their place in the hall of fame at the Carnegie Mellon University in the USA on October 11, 2004.

Asimo was chosen as a truly revolutionary example of how human-like robots can be. It has been around the world showing off its dancing, running and stair-climbing skills.

Shakey, who was born in 1969, was way ahead of its time and set a standard for many years.

Star Wars chatterbox C3PO will be reunited with his old buddy R2D2, who earned his place in the hall of fame in 2003. The dustbin-shaped droid, R2D2, was voted the world's favourite robot in a poll carried out by Amazon in July 2004.

Another film star, Forbidden Planet's Robby, was chosen for its personality.

Japan's cult cartoon figure, Astroboy, is a metallic version of Pinocchio - a robot with a soul.



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