THE BEST Robots

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.

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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.

Phone Case with Arms

Phone Case with Arms

(PG-13: Language) “I don’t know why I built this.” The khaleesi of useless inventions Simone Giertz attached moving arms to her smartphone’s case. Now she can passively reject calls and her phone can call and crawl for help. See her creation in action at 1:46.

Trainerbot Table Tennis Robot

Trainerbot Table Tennis Robot

Practice your ping pong game with Trainerbot. Use its app to specify a shot type, spin and location and it will get it right every time. You can also program a string of shots as one drill, or play right away with its random, smash and beginner modes. It holds up to 30 balls.

Hair Washing Robot

Hair Washing Robot

(PG-13: Language) The queen of robot underlords Simone Giertz tamed the plastic hand from her brutal wake-up machine and turned it into her personal shampooer. We hope she doesn’t turn her chopping machine into a hairdresser.

The Sock Removal Robot

The Sock Removal Robot

After a long day on your feet, taking your socks off can be a real pain in the butt. Useless Duck Company has created this single-purpose robot which takes care of the task usually reserved for significant others and dogs.

Piano Tiles Robot

Piano Tiles Robot

If you’ve ever played the mobile music game Piano Tiles or its sequel, you know how the difficulty level ramps up quickly. Since his fingers couldn’t possibly keep up with ever increasing speed, DenverFinn built a robot to play the game on his behalf.

LEGO Guitar Robot

LEGO Guitar Robot

TECHNICally Possible used his smarts to build a LEGO Mindstorms robot which can fret and strum an acoustic guitar. Hear it play a cover of Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks, then check out how it all works. We anxiously await his LEGO vocalist.

LEGO Voltron Concept

LEGO Voltron Concept

Just in time for the Voltron reboot, LEGO Ideas member len_d69 is proposing an official LEGO set of the Lion Force robots based on their classic appearance. The lions can transform and combine into a 16″ 2lb. Voltron mech.

Monsters & Machines Database

Monsters & Machines Database

Like creepy creatures or giant robots? Visit Monsters & Machines. This website offers a database of movie and video game monsters and mechanical marvels, scored by their degree of awesomeness. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it’s still fun to explore.

The Secret of C-3PO

The Secret of C-3PO

“The problem’s plain to see… too much technology…” Editor Luc “Zapatou” Bergeron combined footage of Star Wars’ least respected droid with Styx’s cheesetastic Mr. Roboto, a song that seems much more appropriate these days than when it was released back in 1983.

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The Popcorn Machine

The Popcorn Machine

Inventor Simone Giertz teamed up with Adam Savage to build another one of her silly robotic contraptions – this time, she’s made a hat that automatically feeds her popcorn. They should include one of these as an option with the Oculus Rift.

Strangely Satisfying Robot Videos

Strangely Satisfying Robot Videos

BuzzFeed Blue compiled this video featuring a variety of robots and automated assembly line machines doing what they do best. We think the clip should have been much longer, but we were still transfixed by these mechanical marvels.

Domino’s Pizza Delivery Robot

Domino’s Pizza Delivery Robot

Domino’s Australia is toying with an autonomous pizza delivery robot. The company’s prototype is a self-navigating wheeled robot that has a top speed of 12mph, sensors to avoid obstacles, and compartments that are unlocked via Domino’s app.

iRobot Braava Jet Mopping Robot

iRobot Braava Jet Mopping Robot

iRobot’s newest mopping robot. Unlike the Braava 300, the Braava Jet has a built-in water spray and uses cleaning pads that have water-activated detergent. Each pad is good for 150 to 200sq.ft. A reusable and washable cleaning pad is also available.

Tiny Robots Pull a Car

Tiny Robots Pull a Car

Engineers from Stanford University’s Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab are working to build robots which can replicate the abilities of ants, which can work together to move unexpectedly large objects. Here, their teensy μTug robots pull a 3900+lb. automobile.

The Terminator & the Washing Machine

The Terminator & the Washing Machine

“Every time a computer does some narrow thing there’s a temptation to think that it’s all over for us.” Breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence are often met with a hint of dread. Retro Report talked to scientists to ask if we should fear our creations.

Stop Robot Cruelty

Stop Robot Cruelty

YouTuber Greg Killian put together clips of robots being stress tested or used in gladiatorial combat in this hilarious – yet still heartbreaking! – parody of ASPCA commercials. “In the arms of the angel…”

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I Love Box

I Love Box

“Where is Box? I love Box.” Boston Dynamics really hit a nerve with its latest demo video of its Atlas robot. We know it’s all a test, but we can’t help but feel for the guy – er, bot. Auralnauts turns the tables around in this horrifying parody.

ATLAS Robot Upgraded

ATLAS Robot Upgraded

The new version of Cyberdyne Systems’ Boston Dynamics’ ATLAS robot is more agile than ever, capable of walking indoors or out without tethers, can lift and carry objects, and can even recover falling. Also, we don’t recommend poking it with a hockey stick.

The Intelligent Parking Chair

The Intelligent Parking Chair

Inspired by the ability for their cars to park themselves, Nissan Japan created an office chair with the same capability. Watch as the army of robotic chairs finds their way back to their homes in this clever promo video. Now can we see it with people in the chairs?

Ed Zarick’s BB-8

Ed Zarick’s BB-8

We’ve seen what a young maker’s BB-8 is like; now let’s see how the pros do it. Ed Zarick – the man behind the Xbox One & PS4 laptop – made his own life-size BB-8 droid with the help of BB-8 Builders Club and Astromech.net.

Battery Life

Battery Life

Writer/director/animator Justin Nixon and team’s dystopian stop-motion short tells the story of a family of robots whose tragedy and desire for resolution leads them to the discovery of the dark secret behind the blind devotion of their fellow citizens.

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