Michelle writes, "Time.com has just put up a photo
gallery of some of the world’s most awesome (and cutest, natch)
robots". Many of the robots will be familiar including the Sommelier
Robot, the Fujitsu
HOAP-3, the Shadow
robot hand (who knew a hand by itself could be cute?!), Toyota's musical instrument playing
Wall-e. It's always
interesting to see what mainstream media thinks
about robots. In this case they make no distinction between
real robots, fictional robots; between research projects and commercial
gadgets. What's your pick for cutest robot ever?
I'm a guy and don't speak cute and adorable very well, but the closest is probably Iron Giant. It's a fantastic animated flick that doesn't slap me too bad with an underlying political or environmental message like so many others. A close second would be Rodney from Robots, and third/fourth/fifth: Huey, Dewey and Louie from Silent Running.
I'm always partial to Sony and CMU (my alma mater), so QRIO and Keepon
top my personal list with AIBO close behind; to me, they are cute in
both looks and personality.
As for fictional robots, I like R2-D2's personality the best. Fictional
robot looks, maybe David from AI or Sonny from I,
Robot are best but I find it interesting that I had the hardest
time coming up with that one. Even WALL·E is cuter in personality than
looks; EVE, designed by Apple's Jonathan Ive, may be one of the few
fictional robots designed to look sleek and cute as opposed to
mechanical, chunky, or rigid.