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One-Handed Rubik’s Cube Robot

One-Handed Rubik’s Cube Robot

There are robots out there that can solve a Rubik’s Cube very quickly. But, while OpenAI’s design is decidedly slower, it works much more like a human, using its five robotic digits to maneuver and manipulate the cube with one hand, and learns to solve it using trial and error. Find out more about how it works here.

Insane Animatronics Showreel

Insane Animatronics Showreel

Prepare yourself for six minutes of weird and wild machines that are ready to fuel your nightmares. Since putting together this amazing showreel back in 2012, London animatronics designer Gustav Hoegen has gone on to run the creature effects department for the latest round of Star Wars movies.

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DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

DIY Stair-Climbing Robot

Builder Navin Khambhala aka “Mr. NK” shows us how to create a nifty, low-budget RC car that can climb stairs thanks to its Mars Rover inspired wheel mechanisms. It’s made from easy to find parts like PVC, hose clamps, and off-the-shelf motors and wheels.

Brain-controlled Exoskeleton

Brain-controlled Exoskeleton

While the world certainly can feel like a horrible place some days, it’s videos like these that give us hope for the future. Watch in awe as a man who is paralyzed from the neck down was able to walk and move his arms thanks to a prototype robotic exoskeleton controlled by his own brain. More here.

ATLAS Does Gymnastics

ATLAS Does Gymnastics

Boston Dynamics’ agile humanoid ATLAS robot continues to develop its acrobatic and balancing skills. In this clip it shows off a variety of moves which combine movements of its legs, torso, and arms to perform a brief gymnastic routine.

Pepper Picking Robot

Pepper Picking Robot

Designed as a proof off concept to help combat labor shortages in the EU, the Sweeper is a specialized robot that can pick vegetables all on its own. It uses computer vision to identify sweet bell peppers that are ready to harvest, then cuts them down with a tiny saw.

DIY Felt Robots

DIY Felt Robots

Artist Hah Jeong-hee started making felt toys for her kids. She’s made dozens of small toys, but recently she became interested in making robots. Her creations are so detailed that people sometimes mistake them for model kits. Turn captions on.

ANYmal Wheeled Leg Robot

ANYmal Wheeled Leg Robot

Engineers from ETH Zurich and the CERBERUS team worked together to create ANYmal, an autonomous robot which has wheels at the ends of its legs, making it capable of moving quickly, and negotiating over difficult terrain. Its moves kind of remind us of the wheelers in Return to Oz, but not as creepy.

Slobots Robot Prints

Slobots Robot Prints

Artist Mike Slobot has been making cool robot sculptures and other robot art for 15 years. To celebrate, he’s created a series of fun mid-century style prints of robots made from vintage radios and TV sets. They’re available in eight designs, in a variety of sizes. Awesomer readers get 15% off purchases over $25 with code 15years.

Cubebot Capsule Collection

Cubebot Capsule Collection

We’ve seen designer David Weeks‘ articulated wooden robots at art museum shops before, but this multi-colored series is our favorite. Each one is made from beech wood and elastic, allowing you to pose them into various positions, including a cube. Sold individually in 4.25″ tall and 6.75″ tall sizes.

Do Robots Deserve Rights?

Do Robots Deserve Rights?

Kurzgesagt asks some of the most difficult questions that will become exponentially more relevant in the years to come. Do robots deserve rights? Would they even need or want the same rights that humans have?

Aibo Struts His Stuff

Aibo Struts His Stuff

We spent a couple of weeks living with the latest generation of Sony’s impressive high-tech robot dog, Aibo, and really are gonna miss the pup now that he’s gone. While he was here, we managed to capture just a handful of his tricks, along with his ebullient personality. Fetch our full review of Aibo on Technabob.

How Animatronic Dinosaurs are Made

How Animatronic Dinosaurs are Made

We’ve seen footage of a factory where they make animatronic dinosaurs but never really got a look at how they’re made. This clip from the Discovery UK edition of How It’s Made walks us through the process of transforming foam and metal into a moving, mechanical monster, with a focus on sculpting and molding its body.

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Robot Tail Augmentation

Robot Tail Augmentation

Researchers from Keio University in Japan have devised a wearable mechanical device that gives humans a moving, vertebrate tail. While it might look ridiculous, the air-powered appendage can be used to improve balance, much in the way that animals use their tails.

Robot Fixes Tea

Robot Fixes Tea

A pair of AUBO i5 robot arms performs a delicate and almost ritualistic process, as it gently scoops Chinese tea leaves, places them in a pot, adds hot water, then pours cups for our enjoyment. The music was so relaxing, we thought we just went for a massage at the spa.

Robot & The Robots

Robot & The Robots

Design studio Animade shares one of their fun little projects. Robot & The Robots is a computer animated short film about a band of musical instruments that play themselves. Watch them perform their (only) song, Robot_Song_03.mp3.

Bowling Robot

Bowling Robot

We don’t care if Tom Coben’s idea for a robot that can bowl was faked with CGI. We still want to see these things in action the next time we go to the bowling alley, hurling 15 lb. balls and banging out perfect 300 games while terrifying onlookers.

Robot Dinosaur Factory

Robot Dinosaur Factory

Creature Technology creates incredible large-size animatronics for museums, theme parks, live shows, and other attractions. Bloomberg takes us inside the factory where they make giant mechanical bears, gorillas, and imposing life-size dinosaurs.

Atlas Robot Fights Back

Atlas Robot Fights Back

Mocking footage of Boston Dynamics taunting its Atlas robot, The VFX artists at Corridor envision a robotics company that subjects its humanoid robots to all kinds of indignities during testing. While Bosstown Dynamics’ robot has a high threshold for humiliation, he eventually snaps. Behind the scenes video here.

Halluc IIx Transforming Robot

Halluc IIx Transforming Robot

Designed by Shunji Yamanaka for the Future Robotics Technology Center, this incredible work of mechanical engineering can transform between walking, rolling, and spinning, and even climbs stairs. The robot was designed as a study for potential future vehicles. More here.

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DJI RoboMaster S1

DJI RoboMaster S1

Drone manufacturer DJI applies their R/C vehicle expertise to an educational, but fun robotic plaything. The RoboMaster S1 has 46 programmable components, a stabilized HD POV camera with object recognition, mecanum wheels that can drive sideways, and even a blaster on board.

Soul of Chogokin Vehicle Voltron Figure

Soul of Chogokin Vehicle Voltron Figure

Bandai has released an impressive Soul of Chogokin action figure of the super robot from Armored Fleet Dairugger XV, aka the Vehicle Voltron. All 15 vehicles are here, and snap together to form an 11″ tall mech. It comes with a ton of weapons and four pairs of hands.

Robots Make an SUV Frame

Robots Make an SUV Frame

While humans are still very much a part of assembling vehicles, robots are often used for the heavy lifting and dangerous tasks like painting and welding. Watch in awe as an army of 45 KUKA robots work in harmony at MAGNA Presstec to create frames for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.

Robot Pulls Airplane

Robot Pulls Airplane

The Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and Moog Robotics’ HyQReal robot looks a lot like Boston Dynamics’ Spot, but this guy appears to be much stronger. Watch as the hulking quadruped manages to pull a small plane all by itself. But only after an intro sequence befitting a pro wrestler.

I Am Mother (Trailer)

I Am Mother (Trailer)

In the distant future, Daughter is a teenager lovingly raised by an android in isolation. She believes that she is the first of a new generation of humans that will repopulate a barren Earth. But one day a woman barges into their home. Netflix’s sci-fi thriller premieres 6/7/19.

DIY Rock’em Sock’em Robots

DIY Rock’em Sock’em Robots

Rock’em Sock’em Robots have been entertaining kids since 1964. If you enjoy knocking your friend’s block off, along with the sense of achievement that comes with DIY, The Q is here to show you how to build your own using cardboard, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, bottle caps, and paper clips.

Worx Landroid M Robotic Mower

Worx Landroid M Robotic Mower

Worx’s updated robotic mower (WG140) can automatically cut lawns up to 1/4-acre, and minimizes the need for edging tools. It runs on an interchangeable 20V Lithium battery, and can be controlled remotely using a mobile app which is smart enough to even avoid mowing on rainy days.

Recycling CoBot

Recycling CoBot

Bulk Handling Systems shows off the Max-AI AQC-C, a robot designed to sort items on recycling lines, safely alongside humans, performing similar tasks to their living, breathing co-workers. For some reason, its gangly looking arms remind us of those air dancer guys in front of car dealerships.

Cardboard Robot Arm

Cardboard Robot Arm

The Q show off another one of their awesome low-budget builds, a robot arm that’s made primarily from cardboard and popsicle sticks, and controlled by plastic syringes filled with colored liquid. If there’s anyone we’d want to be stranded on a desert island with, it’s these guys.

Bottle-flipping Robots

Bottle-flipping Robots

During Japan’s RoboCon 2018, high school students presented their designs for single-purpose robots made specifically to toss bottles filled with liquid, and land them perfectly with way more consistency than most humans could. There’s bottle-flipping action here.

Mush, Spot, Mush!

Mush, Spot, Mush!

Watch and listen as 10 of Boston Dynamics’ Spotpower robots work together to pull a truck along a slight uphill grade. The clacking of 40 robot dog feet marching in unison is a sneak preview of what awaits humankind in the coming robopocalypse.

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