Droid (robot)

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A USPS Star Wars droid mailbox

Droids are robotic machines, as found in Star Wars films, books and television series. Mostly created for Star Wars by Special Effects worker John Stears, the term is a clipped form of android,[1] a word originally reserved for robots designed to look and act like a human. The word droid is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.[2][3][4] Droids are robots, often possessing artificial intelligence.

First Usage[edit]

The term Droid was first used in a 1952 sci-fi story by Mari Wolf, "Robots of the World! Arise!", published in "If Worlds of Science Fiction", July 1952.

"Jack shook his head. "It's crazy. They're swarming all over Carron City. They're stopping robots in the streets--household Robs, commercial Droids, all of them."Project Gutenberg

Star Wars[edit]

The Star Wars franchise features a variety of droids fulfilling roles such as mechanics and translators. R2-D2, C-3PO, and HK-47 are notable droids from the Star Wars franchise.

Trademark use[edit]

The term "Droid" has been used by Verizon Wireless under licence from Lucasfilm, for their line of smartphones based on the Android operating system. Motorola's late-2009 Google Android-based cell phone is called the Droid. This line of phone has been expanded to include other Android-based phones released under Verizon, including the HTC Droid Eris, the HTC Droid Incredible, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, and Motorola Droid Pro.[5] The term was also used for the Lucasfilm projects EditDroid, a non-linear editing system, and SoundDroid, an early digital audio workstation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ droid, The Word Guy. (November 9, 2009)
  2. ^ "DROID". USPTO. February 11, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  3. ^ "droid definition of droid in the Free Online Encyclopedia". Encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  4. ^ Hachman, Mark (July 6, 2010). "TweetUp Buys, Renames Twidroid Twitter App.". PC Magazine. Retrieved July 13, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Droid 2 Gets a Surprise Hand-On". AndroidGuys. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 

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