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Robots

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.

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Worx Landroid M Robotic Mower

Worx Landroid M Robotic Mower
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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.

RoBOTL Robot Sculpture

RoBOTL Robot Sculpture

Design studio Giò Forma was hired by Timberland to create a giant robot sculpture out of recycled plastic bottles. On display for Milan Design Week 2019, it’s a nod to Timberland’s ReBOTL material, a key part of their sustainability efforts.

TossingBot

TossingBot

Engineers from Princeton University and Google Brain Robotics show off a pair of robotic arms which work together with custom algorithms to toss and catch small objects. Machine learning allows the system to quickly figure out how to toss new objects accurately.

Stan: The Valet Parking Robot

Stan: The Valet Parking Robot

Developed by Stanley Robotics, this fully-autonomous valet allows drivers to drop their car off, lifts the vehicle by its wheels, then carefully delivers it to a parking space. When the driver returns, it fetches the car and brings it back to the delivery bay.

Noodle Flinging Robot

Noodle Flinging Robot

A enchanting contraption that cranks out knife-cut noodles, and flings them into a pot. Commenters point out its likely to result in inconsistent cook times, but that’s supposed to be part of its charm. Check out a similar machine compared to a human chef here.

Tamiya Centipede Robot

Tamiya Centipede Robot
$39  Buy Link Comment

This robot kit from Japanese toymaker Tamiya lets you build a creepy crawly insect inspired by real-life giant centipedes. This 15″ long critter isn’t quite as indimidating as the real deal thanks to its blue body, but anything with this many legs creeps us out.

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.

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MIT Mini Cheetah Robot

MIT Mini Cheetah Robot

Engineers from MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab show off a small version of their cheetah-inspired robot that can not only run, sidestep, and balance itself better than just about any ‘bot we’ve seen, but it can do backflips, and right itself if knocked down.

Festo BionicSoftHand

Festo BionicSoftHand

Robotics firm Festo shows off its impressive design for a pneumatic hand with flexible fingers that can grip things like humans do. It uses AI tech to learn to grasp objects, and has sensors to help it model the shape of the object it’s holding.

Sphero RVR Robot

Sphero RVR Robot
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Sphero’s RVR robot is not just as a plaything, but a platform for customization. The programmable all-terrain bot drives right out of the box, has numerous on-board sensors, and is highly-expandable using Raspberry Pi, BBC micro:bit, or Arduino control circuits.

Robotics.ovh

Robotics.ovh

Looking to kill a few minutes of your day? This highly addictive interactive online plaything lets you take control of a roomful of loosely-jointed, stretchy-limbed dancing robots. You can play with Gerard Ferrandez’ underlying code here. Let’s Rock!

Life-Size Terminator T-800 Endoskeleton

Life-Size Terminator T-800 Endoskeleton
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Chronicle Collectibles and Cinemaquette teamed up to create a 78″ tall T-800 Endoskeleton statue. Based on the robot’s appearance in Terminator: Genisys, the statue is chrome plated, has LED eyes and articulated forearms and fingers. Limited to 100 units.

iRobot Terra Robot Mower

iRobot Terra Robot Mower

With the Terra robot mower, iRobot aims to do for mowing lawns what its Roomba did for vacuuming homes. It uses standalone beacons and smart mapping technology to efficiently mow without the need for boundary wires or digging. It will be available in the USA soon.

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.

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Hexbot Multipurpose Robot Arm

Hexbot Multipurpose Robot Arm
$299+  Pledge Comment

The Hexbot is a modular, quiet and accurate robot arm that can perform a variety of tasks. By default, it comes with a pen holder that lets it write and draw. But you can also get modules that turn it into a laser engraver, 3D printer and even a pick-and-place machine.

Built Me a Robot

Built Me a Robot

TheCrafsMan SteadyCraftin has the best voice of any artist since Bob Ross, so that just makes his video of how to build a robot sculpture from found objects that much more charming. He also provides useful advice on soldering nearby joints without ruining adjacent ones.

Hyundai Elevate Walking Car

Hyundai Elevate Walking Car

The idea of a car that can walk might seem ludicrous at first, but Hyundai’s unique concept shows how its omnidirectional wheeled legs could be used to help it maneuver in extreme terrain, such as rubble and rocks, potentially improving rescue efforts in a disaster.

The Robot Juggler

The Robot Juggler

We have a hard enough time keeping two balls in the air at the same time, but this robotic contraption is able to deftly juggle five balls at once. It’s even smart enough to detect when a ball is intentionally dropped and resumes without skipping a beat.

Polar Drawing Machine

Polar Drawing Machine

ft Robotics shows off a nifty Arduino Mega and Fischertechnik based plotter. Unlike other drawing machines which are driven by cartesian coordinates, this one uses polar coordinates. It draws by moving a pen along one axis, while a turntable rotates beneath its retractable pen.

Sphero Bolt Robot

Sphero Bolt Robot
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The Sphero Bolt is a spherical robot designed to teach and enhance computer programming skills. Use it with its app to make it zip around a track, display graphics or data on its LED matrix, and more. You can even make multiple Bolts communicate.

Waymo One Self-Driving Taxi

Waymo One Self-Driving Taxi

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car program, has launched a taxi service. Available only in Arizona as of this writing, Waymo One works just like a ride sharing service like Uber, except the “driver” just there in case of emergency, and the car is fully autonomous.

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 3)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 3)

Our latest look at the live action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita shows some of the heroine’s various armor and body modifications. It also gives us a peek of Alita competing in the deadly sport called “Motorball.” The film drops 2/6/19.

The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself

The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself
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It is the distant future… the year 2000… the robots have taken our jobs… and are dancing about it. The music video for The Chemical Brothers’ track Free Yourself, from directors DOM&NIC and effects house The Mill will take you on quite the ride. Boogie! Roboboogie!

The One Love Machine Band

The One Love Machine Band

Great Big Story introduces us to artist Kolja Kugler, who built himself an animatronic band from scrap metal. The robotic musicians play the bass, drums, and flute, and seem to enjoy a bit of the old punk rock. Enjoy one of their performances here.

Alpha Training Blue Robot

Alpha Training Blue Robot
$250  Buy Link Comment

You don’t have to be a fan of the latest Jurassic World movie to appreciate this awesome high tech toy from Mattel. The Alpha Training Blue is a learning, interactive mini raptor with 7 motors, touch and sound sensors, and lots of nifty sound effects… and those eyes.

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