The roboticists at Garner Holt Productions show off their proudest achievement to date. “Alfred Jingle Machina” is an animatronic head that can move more smoothly than any before it, replicating human expressions better than ever. Maybe Westworld isn’t that far off after all.
While LEGO Technic seems to get most of the love around here when it comes to building machines, K’NEX deserves a little love too. Check out this single-purpose robot that Thibault Art built which is capable of tossing and perfectly landing a water bottle every time.
(Spoilers) Science fiction often relies on the idea that robotic uprisings come from androids gaining human-like emotions. Trekspertise provides their thoughts on why Westworld’s approach is more compelling and believable in this excellent video essay.
1000Toys’ highly accurate The Iron Giant figure looks like a statue, but it’s actually a highly poseable collectible. It’s about 6.3″ tall, is made of many die-cast metal parts and comes with two heads, four pairs of hands, two sets of teeth and the “S” chest emblem.
Teenage Engineering – the folks behind the awesome Pocket Operator synths are collaborating with Chinese tech giant Baidu to create a robotic speaker reminiscent of Pixar’s Luxo, Jr. The R moves and grooves to music, while displaying patterns on its LED head.
Since the robots in science fiction are just that, fictitious, MetaBallStudios’ could just have made up any measurements they wanted for their latest comparison video and we’d believe them. Regardless, it’s still cool too see just how much bigger Megazord is than R2-D2.
Honda’s concept autonomous ATV is designed to work like a robotic pack mule, carrying loads to work sites, and also performing tasks like plowing snow, tilling soil, or harvesting crops with attachment modules. It’s rugged, has a 4-wheel drivetrain, and runs on electric power.