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Timeline of Robotic Innovations
HelpMate is the first service robot to be used practically. In the Danbury Hospital (Connecticut), HelpMate carries trays of food to patients. The company HelpMate Robotics was founded by Joseph Engelberger.
A swarm of one hundred small autonomous Centibots, built by SRI International (USA), successfully work as a team in simple mapping and tracking tasks.
Start of the EU-project RobotCub: the 1-meter-hight humanoid robot Icub is created as a platform for research into human cognition and artificial intelligence. iCub looks like a 2-year-old toddler. It can move its head, arms and hands, waist and legs. It can see and hear and has sense of body configuration and movement.