Pacific Northwest Laboratory's human-like robot honored by the National Endowment for the Arts
March 27, 1992
RICHLAND, Wash. –
Developers of a robotic mannequin from the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest Laboratory have been honored with a Federal Design Achievement Award -- the highest distinction in design given by the National Endowment for the Arts.
PNL received an award in the product design category for its human- like robot, "Manny," one of 57 winners selected from 487 entries. The awards are presented every four years to recognize excellence in design accomplishments and to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to federal design.
Manny was developed in 1988 for the U.S. Army's Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah, to test the effectiveness of clothing used to protect humans from chemicals, extreme temperatures and other hostile environments. The robot can simulate complex body movements and poses, breathing, body temperature, skin temperature and sweating.
The Pacific Northwest Laboratory at Richland and Sequim, Washington, is a national multiprogram laboratory operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Battelle Memorial Institute. Battelle is an international technology organization that serves industry and government by developing, commercializing and managing technology.