After twelve years of dedicated courier service to the Image Service Center, DOC (the Robot) retires. Doc and his co-workers celebrated with a small party this summer and reminisced about his years on the job.
DOC (The Robot) Retires
Staff wished DOC (the robot) well at his retirement party in the Image Service Center.
DOC the robot was battery-operated, ran on trackless technology and had the ability to remotely call for the elevator. He was able to navigate his way throughout the halls without assistance. He was a great employee, all you were required to do was charge him overnight and he was on time every morning. Doc drew a crowd wherever he went. People were so intrigued by his presence and his ability to speak, uttering commands such as "Please stand clear", "I am about to move" and "I am waiting for the elevator" that they often followed him to his destination.
Alas due to the Department’s transition from hard copy film to the current digital format the need for Doc's services began to decrease. This new reality combined with the fact that the Pyxis Corporation discontinued his model meant that it was time to retire. So with mixed feelings he celebrated his retirement with good cheer. However his story does not end there. Doc has been selected to take a prominent part in the MGH history as part of the Museum. He is now patiently waiting in Somerville until his next journey begins as part of a formal exhibit.