Awesome Robots

Cheese-Flipping Robot

Cheese-Flipping Robot

What is my purpose? You flip the cheese. The JNJ RF6 robot has one job to do. It rolls down the aisle of a cheese cave, grabs wheels of cheese, brushes off their outsides, flips them over, and puts them back on their shelves. It performs this task 96 times per hour, maintaining up to 5000 wheels of cheddar per week.

Robot Breaks Record for the 100-Meter Dash

Robot Breaks Record for the 100-Meter Dash

We’ve seen Cassie, the Ostrich-shaped robot strut her stuff before. Now the speedy automaton has set a record for the fastest 100-meter dash ever run by a bipedal robot. With a time of 24.73 seconds, she’s no Usain Bolt, but it’s still an impressive achievement for the engineers from Oregon State University.

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LEGO Pancake Factory

LEGO Pancake Factory

Why make your own pancakes when you can let machines do it for you? The Brick Wall shows off another impressive LEGO factory they built that cracks eggs, mixes them with flour, pours the batter on a hot griddle, and flips pancakes. Now they just need a LEGO syrup and butter robot.

Cake Decorating Robot

Cake Decorating Robot

Whenever we try to decorate a cake, the frosting comes out an uneven mess. What we need is the Bakon Piston Depositor with the Cake Decorator option. This robotic cake-making machine smoothly applies layers of frosting to a spinning cake, then a second component squirts out perfectly piped frosting flowers.

Wire Stripper Robot

Wire Stripper Robot

If you’ve ever had to strip a piece of coaxial cable or other multi-layered wire, you know how difficult it can be to get things just right. The Nitronic ST730T is way more precise than hand tools. Simply key in the wire thickness and the exact lengths you want each layer stripped to, insert a cable, and it works its magic.

Mowing a Lawn with a Laser

Mowing a Lawn with a Laser

There are a number of robotic lawnmowers on the market, but rctestflight wanted something more modern than spinning blades to cut his grass. So he set out to build a lawnmower robot with a 40-watt cutting laser in place of a blade. It works quite slowly though, and his drone motor lawnmower seems more effective.

Giving Snakes Their Legs Back

Giving Snakes Their Legs Back

Millions of years ago, evolutionary changes caused snakes to lose their legs. Engineer and snake lover Allen Pan thought thinks that these reptiles should have kept their limbs, so he put on his thinking cap and developed a robotic exosuit that a snake can slide into and walk around in. But will the snake accept its new abilities?

Canon x Transformers Camera Robots

Canon x Transformers Camera Robots

Toymaker Takara Tomy teamed up with Canon to create two Transformers based on their cameras. The 80% scale EOS R5 comes in Optimus Prime and Reflector versions. They look awesome, but sadly they don’t shoot photos. The Autobot is available for pre-order from BBTS, while the Decepticon is a Takara Tomy Mall exclusive.

LEGO Sphere Robots

LEGO Sphere Robots

LEGO enthusiast Brick Technology is back with another cool LEGO vehicle video. This time, they created a series of remote-controlled mechanisms that move inside clear plastic spheres, allowing them to roll around like BB-8 or a Sphero robot. They then put the designs to the test to see which was most agile, fast, and powerful.

How the Mars Perseverance Rover Works

How the Mars Perseverance Rover Works

Since landing in 2021, NASA’s Mars Perseverence Rover has sent back fascinating images and data from the red planet. Jared Owen offers up an in-depth look at how the rover was launched, the scientific equipment it carries, and how it was engineered to survive the journey and the harsh conditions on Mars.

A Robot That Can Solve Jigsaw Puzzles

A Robot That Can Solve Jigsaw Puzzles

Shane from Stuff Made Here has made machines that reduce the difficulty of basketball, pool, and golf. Now he’s built a robot which can look at jigsaw puzzle pieces, pick them up, spin them, and place them in the right location. It was a complex engineering challenge to make it solve even the simplest of puzzles.

The Drink

The Drink

William Landgren might only be 15 years old, but he’s already an accomplished digital artist. He created this 100% CGI short film about a robot desperate for a drink using Blender, After Effects, Marvelous Designer, and Davinci Resolve. We love the mood he created with the grain and lighting. (Thanks, Rob!)

FPV Robot Lawnmower

FPV Robot Lawnmower

There are a number of legitimate robot lawnmowers on the market today, but none are as quite as exciting as the one that I Did a Thing built for himself. Instead of navigating on its own, this robot features an FPV remote control setup, and it looks terrifying. We cringed every time we saw him walking near it without shoes on.

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SCOOTY

SCOOTY

After being annoyed at his friends for riding on scooters, a guy smashes a bunch of the two-wheelers in a back alley. But instead of destroying them, they come to life as a robot. Peter France’s sci-fi comedy is one of the most endearing short films we’ve seen in a while. It’s like Short Circuit meets CHAPPiE but with scooters.

3D-Printed Folding WALL-E

3D-Printed Folding WALL-E

Fab365 shows off a 3D-printable model they designed of Pixar’s adorable robot WALL-E. What makes the model special is how its main body and gear structure can be printed all at once then folded together. The grey parts and some moving pieces are printed separately. An STL of the model can be downloaded for free here.

Broken Token

Broken Token

École de Condé animation students Ninon Ringenbach Trifilieff, Rodolphe Savolle, Paul-Adrien Butty, and Alexis Lainé created this charming short film about a lonely robot who wanders a junkyard in search of the parts to make a friend. They created the project in just two months using 3D animation tools Blender and Maya.

Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

Manual Typewriter Typing Robot

If you’ve ever played with a vintage manual typewriter, you know how hard it can be just to hit those mechanical keys with enough force. JBV Creative built a custom robot that uses 3D-printed “fingers” and servo motors to type text and ASCII art on an old Remington Rand Office Riter. Money shot at 15:34.

Unmissable Basketball Hoop 4.0

Unmissable Basketball Hoop 4.0

A couple of years back, Stuff Made Here created a basketball hoop that was always in the right place to catch the ball. Now he’s back with an upgraded, cable-driven robot with six degrees of freedom so it can catch balls thrown long or short or off-axis. Like all good engineering projects, it required lots of failures along the way.

Baymax! (Trailer)

Baymax! (Trailer)

Disney+ returns to the world of Big Hero 6’s with a new animated series. Interested only in helping, our inflatable robot pal Baymax spends each episode trying to fix a physical issue that his systems identified and ultimately finds deeper meaning in each interaction.

Sandwich Assembly Robot

Sandwich Assembly Robot

Mechanical engineer Kuroki Yuto and his collaborators came up with a novel use for a 3D printer mechanism – using the 3-axis machine to manipulate and assemble parts. In this video, they show how the system can be used to put together a sandwich. They used the same technique to assemble a toy car and to fold a shirt.

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High-Jumping Robot

High-Jumping Robot

This 12″ tall robot can launch itself more than 100 feet into the air, making it the highest jumping robot. It stores up energy using a tiny motor and a fishing line to compress its springy legs before launch. Its lightweight feet efficiently transmit energy to the ground, and its dart-like shape once airborne helps it cut through the air.

Tove Lo: No One Dies from Love

Tove Lo: No One Dies from Love

In this clip from Brazilian directorial duo Alaska, musician Tove Lo falls in love with her shiny new robotic companion. But things take a turn when she upgrades to the latest model. It’s a brilliant music video which effectively combines romance and science fiction.

LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime

LEGO Creator Expert Optimus Prime
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This official LEGO Transformers kit lets you build a 13.5″ tall Optimus Prime. Not only do its 1508 bricks accurately capture the look of the Autobot, but it transforms between robot and truck modes. The figure has 19 points of articulation and stores the Autobot Matrix of Leadership in its chest chamber. Drops 6.1.22.

Mecha Size Comparison

Mecha Size Comparison

We keep thinking MetaBallStudios is going to run out of things to compare the sizes of. But as long as they keep coming up with new videos, we’ll keep posting them. This time, we’ve got a look at the relative sizes of piloted Mecha robots, from The LEGO Movie’s tiny Construct-o-Mech to the mighty Super Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Skeletonics Robot Exoskeleton

Skeletonics Robot Exoskeleton

This amazing exoskeleton suit from Skeletonics straps around a human pilot and amplifies their movements without using any motors or electrical components. While it’s not capable of lifting heavy objects like some exosuits, seeing the 9-foot-tall kinetically-powered mech mirror its operator’s movements is pretty amazing.

Robot Caterpillar Climbs a Pile of Wood

Robot Caterpillar Climbs a Pile of Wood

Artist Reuben Margolin creates kinetic sculptures inspired by nature and math. For his work Caterpillar and Woodpile, he created an articulated robot that moves like a caterpillar and programmed it to climb a woodpile in the shape of a polynomial spline. The machine’s slow crawl is so relaxing to watch.

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