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Robots

Darkside Ollie

Darkside Ollie

Spin, drift and flip out with Sphero’s edgier R/C robot, the Darkside Ollie. It rolls at speeds up to 14 mph with a range of 100 feet, and you can trick out your fun with two sets of tires, hubs, and LED colors. See how it moves here.

Vox Machinae

Vox Machinae

An upcoming virtual reality game for Windows and the Oculus Rift. It’s not as pretty as fellow mech fps Hawken, but it appears to be extremely immersive.  You play as a mech pilot taking on mining and mercenary missions.

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Beach Bot

Beach Bot

The Beach Bot is a unique robot created by Disney Research and students from ETH Zürich. Its single purpose is to draw huge images in the sand. Here, it pays tribute to the man who made everything at Disney possible in the first place.

Tesla’s Charger Robot

Tesla’s Charger Robot

Tesla showed off a prototype of a new type of charger that uses snake-like appendage to automatically reach out towards a vehicle, and plug itself into the car’s charging port. Just add a few more arms, and you’ve got Doc Ock.

USA vs. Japan Mech Fight is On

USA vs. Japan Mech Fight is On

Here we go. Suidobashi Heavy Industry has accepted MegaBots‘ challenge for a mech duel. And they want melee combat. Leaders of the world, let’s have peace and prosperity so we’ll all live to see giant robots punching each other.

USA vs. Japan Mech Challenge

USA vs. Japan Mech Challenge

In case you needed further proof that we live in awesome times, American mech maker MegaBots just challenged its Japanese counterpart Suidobashi Industries to a freakin’ (friendly) robot battle in 2016. LET THEM FIGHT.

Stepped on a Pop Tart…

Stepped on a Pop Tart…

…blew out his flip-flop. Isn’t that the way Margaritaville goes? Well, either way, that’s what happened to this NAO humanoid robot when it took a wrong step, further proving that we have a long way to go before Terminator could happen.

The Last One

The Last One

In this short film, man perfected androids, but the two races got in a war of extinction. One man is determined to not let himself be the last of his kind. A graduation film by Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg students.

Robots Falling Down

Robots Falling Down

While the DARPA Robotics Challenge is a showcase for cutting-edge tech, not everything always goes according to plan. Here’s a comical reel from IEEE Spectrum of some of this year’s entrants in their more humbling moments.

Robot Samurai

Robot Samurai

Industrial robot maker Yaskawa shows off the incredible precision of its MOTOMAN-MH24 by having it learn blade skills from a samurai sword master. The part where it slices the pea pod in half is nuts. Fortunately, it can’t chase us – yet.

Robo-Cheetah Can Jump

Robo-Cheetah Can Jump

Researchers already figured out how to make a robot that could run like a cheetah. Now scientists at MIT have made their own version that can run untethered and jump over obstacles up to 18-inches-tall. Yes, folks, we’re doomed.

MegaBot Paintballs a Car

MegaBot Paintballs a Car

The recent Maker Faire Bay Area gave us a brief glimpse into our robopocalyptic future, as the 15-foot-tall MegaBot pelts its victim with deadly paintball cannons. Its makers want to eventually create a league of giant battling MegaBots.

Humans (Trailer)

Humans (Trailer)

An upcoming sci-fi drama series coming to UK channel Channel 4 and AMC. Humans is set in a world where you can get an android companion – a boon to some but an unwelcome – and creepy – intruder for other people.

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BionicANT Robots

BionicANT Robots

Automation company Festo has developed a mechanical ant which not only looks and walks like the real deal, it can grip objects with its pincers and cooperate with its robo-friends. We love how they recharge with their antennae.

Simon Stålenhag: Tales from the Loop

Simon Stålenhag: Tales from the Loop

Simon Stålenhag’s retro futuristic digital paintings somehow combine dread and nostalgia. He’s currently raising funds for English language versions of two art books annotated with short stories about the world he created.

The Thousand Robot Swarm

The Thousand Robot Swarm

Inspired by the way that single cells assemble into complex organisms, researchers at Harvard University built an army of 1,024 Kilobots – tiny robots that work autonomously to form complex shapes by cooperating with one another.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: BB-8

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: BB-8

Forget about magnets, how the heck does this droid work? Star Wars: Force Awakens roller-droid BB-8 surprised attendees of the movie’s live panel at Star Wars Celebration by rolling onto the stage and having a brief chat with R2-D2.

Snakebot

Snakebot

As if the world didn’t have enough problems, a team of engineers developed this creepy and slithering robo-snake to haunt our nightmares. It’s not bad enough that it can chase you on dry land – it can follow you into the water and swim.

Transplanting Robot

Transplanting Robot

This strange and hypnotic contraption is another single-purpose robot, designed to delicately pluck young plants from a cramped pallette and replant them into larger packages for sale. Watch as it transplants countless flowers without a hitch.

The Railroad Machine

The Railroad Machine

This incredible machine is the Plasser & Theurer RU 800 S, and what it’s doing is building a railway line by laying rock, beams, and track with minimal human intervention – a once monumental task if you’ve ever seen an episode of Hell on Wheels.

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Ex Machina (Trailer 2)

Ex Machina (Trailer 2)

The second trailer for the critically-acclaimed sci-fi thriller Ex Machina teases us with intense moments and vivid contrasts between nature and man-made objects, as two men and a female A.I. play tester-testee musical chairs.

Robot Training Montage

Robot Training Montage

Boston Dynamics has its sights set on being the real world Cyberdyne Systems. YouTuber SummerTravel took footage of their creepy humanoid PETMAN robot and turned it into a training montage. They shoulda used this track.

CNC Milling a Bike Helmet

CNC Milling a Bike Helmet

While we’re not sure of the practical uses for a metal bike helmet, we’re still mesmerized by this Mazak Variaxis 5-axis milling machine as it replicates a Rudy Project Windmax helmet from a block of aluminum using PowerMILL software.

Man’s Best Robot Friend

Man’s Best Robot Friend

Meet BigDog’s little brother. Boston Dynamics’ Spot is at home both indoors and outdoors and is great at keeping its balance, even when kicked by jerks who will surely be the first to die in the inevitable robot uprising.

Yuki-Taro Snowbot

Yuki-Taro Snowbot

So it’s time to dig out from the latest snownami. You could shovel by hand, or you could send off to Japan for Yuki-Taro, a robot that not only can plow snow, but that turns the white stuff into compact bricks of ice to keep things tidy.

Improv Robots

Improv Robots

At Georgia Tech, a group of robots play along with a human drummer, using sophisticated artificial intelligence techniques to turn in a truly improvised performance without skipping a beat. Yes, now robots can torture us with jazz fusion.

Bond Automated Handwriting

Bond Automated Handwriting

A messaging service for sending notes that appear to be handwritten. Its robots use pens to mimic handwriting. You can choose from a variety of handwritten styles or send your own writing style for the robots to copy.

Chappie (Trailer 2)

Chappie (Trailer 2)

The second trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie reveals more action-packed scenes as well as the hero’s origin. It appears that the self-aware and emotional robot is based on a Police droid. In other words, he’s RoboCop in reverse.

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

The military version of Amazon Prime Air. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System is a US Navy program that aims to convert helicopters into drones, which can the be summoned for supply drops via a user-friendly mobile app.

We Were Not Made for This World

We Were Not Made for This World

“Perhaps these things could explain why they built them. And perhaps they could explain… everything.” Colin West McDonald’s short film is based on Paul Hornschemeier’s eponymous comic strip from the Project: Telstar anthology.

Ball Balancing Machine

Ball Balancing Machine

A demonstration of a mechanized platform which can perfectly balance a ball in its center no matter how hard its human master attempts to defeat it. Its motion control system can also make the ball follow precise paths on demand.

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