THE BEST Robots

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Stålenhag’s follow up to Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood is still filled with paintings of Nordic countrysides invaded by mechanical beings and relics. But here a flood from a “huge abandoned underground facility” washed up strange organic creatures as well.

Dual Gear

Dual Gear

Currently in alpha, Dual Gear is an upcoming turn-based mecha RPG. Heavily inspired by anime and Front Mission, the game will feature 30 single player missions, 30 customizable mechs, 60 weapons and pilot skills. Coming to Windows, MacOS, Xbox One and PS4.

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R2-D2 Coffee Press

R2-D2 Coffee Press

The best part of waking up is caffeine in your cup. Thanks to the fine folks at ThinkGeek, your favorite droid can be part of your morning ritual. This R2-D2 coffee press holds up to 32 ounces of liquid, and is ready to be of service just in time for holiday gift giving.

Crash Testing a Giant Robot

Crash Testing a Giant Robot

“Now we know our cockpit wasn’t built for this, but we didn’t expect to die from paint.” In preparation for their upcoming mech battle, MegaBots conducted impact tests on their prototype to see how their pilot would fare against giant weapons.

Origami Robot

Origami Robot

Researchers from MIT developed a tiny flat robot which folds itself into a different shape when heated, scampers about, then dissolves itself. They’ve also created a variant which could be swallowed in a capsule and used to perform surgery or deliver medications inside your body.

Simone Giertz’s Robot Dog

Simone Giertz’s Robot Dog

The queen of sh*tty robots‘ latest creation is very, very, very loosely based on the pet dog of YouTube megastar Jenna Marbles. This is one creation where we can honestly say we could’ve done better, i.e. duct tape a dog plushie onto an RC car.

Robot Sumo Wrestling

Robot Sumo Wrestling

This Japanese robot battle has a decidedly different flavor than Battlebots. Each robot is fully autonomous, and tasked with a single objective – to push the other robot out of the wrestling ring as quickly as possible. In the end, it’s a battle of speed vs. power.

Robot with Human Paintbrush

Robot with Human Paintbrush

Serbian artist Dragan Ilic voluntarily strapped himself onto the end of an industrial robot, while holding onto a box filled with paintbrushes, then allowed the robot to move him around a giant canvas and put him to work as a painter.

The Sandwich Robot

The Sandwich Robot

(PG-13: Language) Simone Giertz and her friend use the remote control from her Deal With It Robot to make a robot arm that’s supposed to spread jam on bread. They ended up making a rage quitter. Put peanut butter jar on bread. Efficiency level: robot.

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

Filmmaker Patrick Boivin created this all too short video simply described as “The world as a five-year-old boy sees it.” What makes it truly special is how amazingly realistic the toy animation looks. Impressive VFX work, Patrick.

Dancing Robot World Record

Dancing Robot World Record

Guinness World Records shares this video of an army of tiny robots, all dancing in sync during the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China. In total, over 1000 robots participated. There were also a number of other robots on hand serving beer, ice cream, and performing.

Pendulum Balance Robot

Pendulum Balance Robot

If you thought that machine that could balance itself on a single point was cool, check out Andreas Eder and Tobias Glück’s robot, which can swing three pivoting sections upright and keep them balanced. It can’t hold on indefinitely, but we’d like to see you do better.

BattleBots: Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan

BattleBots: Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan

BattleBots recently featured a showdown between front-spinner bot Hypershock and orbital spinner Warrior Clan. The highlight of the match was the last minute addition of a garden rake which Hypershock used to swat Warrior Clan’s companion drone from the sky.

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Ganker RC Combat Robots

Ganker RC Combat Robots

We love BattleBots, but we don’t all have the skills and resources for that. GJS’ Ganker is a promising alternative. It’s a highly mobile and articulated robot with customizable weapons and armor and sensors to detect hits and keep score.

SAW Robotic Worm

SAW Robotic Worm

Roboticist David Zarrouk’s and his team’s SAW (or “Single-Actuator Wave“) robot is both completely awesome, and serious nightmare fuel. This innovative robot can move on land or in water by wriggling its 3D-printed spine, and uses just a single motor to shimmy about.

LEGO Domino Machine

LEGO Domino Machine

File Mattias Wandel’s LEGO Technics contraption under “oddly satisfying,” as it moves along neatly and evenly spacing wooden dominoes. Now we need Mattias to build a companion machine that knocks them all over.

CRACUNS Underwater Drone

CRACUNS Underwater Drone

Developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System is able to lurk for months, hundreds of feet beneath the water’s surface, then deploy to carry out aerial missions on command.

17 Robot Fight

17 Robot Fight

While we always enjoy watching a round of BattleBots, those are generally just one-on-one robo-fights. Here, we get 17 robots in an all out war to see who be the last robot standing. The first minute or so is so chaotic, we could barely follow it. The action kicks in at 2:30.

FarmBot Genesis

FarmBot Genesis

A fully open source DIY robot that can plant and grow different kinds plants at once. FarmBot has drag and drop interfaces for planning and taking care of your small garden (up to 10’x 5′), as well as remote manual controls. It can even suppress weeds automatically.

BattleBots: Blacksmith vs. Minotaur

BattleBots: Blacksmith vs. Minotaur

The second season of the BattleBots reboot is off to a great start thanks to matches like this intense one between Team Half Fast Astronauts’ hammer-wielding Blacksmith against RioBotz’s Minotaur and its deadly spinning drum. Roombas they ain’t.

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The Deal with It Robot

The Deal with It Robot

Apparently some people have been hate watching Simone Giertz and her intentionally stupid inventions, so she made a robot to address those haters. Now all she needs are the meme sunglasses.

Anki Cozmo Robot

Anki Cozmo Robot

A tiny robot designed to kill you with cuteness, from the guys behind Anki Overdrive. Cozmo uses AI and computer vision to learn to recognize people, interact with its environment, and emote. Plus, its movements were designed by former Pixar animators. Your move, BB-8.

Boston Dynamics SpotMini

Boston Dynamics SpotMini

The folks behind robots like BigDog and AlphaDog are back with a smaller dog. SpotMini is designed for use around the home, and can not only act as a family pet, but can do chores, like doing the dishes and bringing you a beer. We only wonder if he poops batteries.

NehNehNeh

NehNehNeh

While some may see robots as the creepy harbingers of a dystopian future, YouTuber DFWV likes to think of them as the dopey and irreverent harbingers of Internet memes. Based on an attempt to sing this song. 1 hour special edition here.

FoldiMate Laundry Robot

FoldiMate Laundry Robot

The FoldiMate is a robotic appliance that folds shirts, pants or towels. It handles up to 20 clothes at once and has an optional steamer that removes wrinkles and a capsule-based atomizer for perfume, fabric softener or sanitizer. Drops 2017 for $700+.

Asus Zenbo Robot

Asus Zenbo Robot

Its promo video is cloying, but the idea of a personal robotic assistant for under $600 is certainly cool. The Zenbo can play games and tutor kids, provide reminders, control your home, monitor security and more. Even better, developers can create their own apps.

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