Robots

Humans Need Not Apply

Humans Need Not Apply

CGP Grey looks at the revolutionary progress being made in robotics and artificial intelligence, and the ethical and philosophical questions of allowing robots and software to take our jobs and make their own decisions.

The Trail’s End

The Trail’s End

(NSFW, Gore) A day before his scheduled death, destiny intervenes with an android’s fate. Old timers should be able to recognize the film’s inspiration, but in case you don’t, go ahead and watch the film anyway. Then read this.

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Jibo Family Robot

Jibo Family Robot

Jibo doesn’t have arms or legs, but he can recognize your face and voice, understand commands in plain language, read your messages and reminders aloud, take pictures for you and more. Just don’t fall in love with him.

Old Spice: Mandroid

Old Spice: Mandroid

Old Spice’s latest ad campaign is as weird as they come, but it’s also hilarious. The spots feature an biomechanical android who makes Star Trek’s Lieutenant Commander Data seem downright human. But at least he smells amazing.

Attack on Giant

Attack on Giant

Did Michael Bay disappoint you yet again? Let Harris Lourero restore your Transformers faith. He used Make Toys’ Giant Type 61 (Constructicons/Devastator) and Battle Tanker (Optimus Prime) to make this stop-motion short.

Robot Valet Parking

Robot Valet Parking

Düsseldorf Airport has a premium parking service that uses robot valets. Made by Serva Transport System, Ray gently and efficiently transports vehicles. Passengers use an app to have their car checked out when they return.

Transformers Knights of Unicron

Transformers Knights of Unicron

The Transformers 30th anniversary Tour Edition features Optimus Prime, Megatron, Soundwave and Smooth Jazz as members of a glam metal band called Knights of Unicron. No joke. Available at the 2014 SDCC, or as always, on eBay.

Desire

Desire

A construction robot happily goes about his duty, until he sees what his fellow robots can do. Director and animator Scott Thierauf presents a funny parable about envy and desire in this animated short.

OutRunner Running Robot

OutRunner Running Robot

We’ve seen a robot that could run as fast as a cheetah, but it was unwieldy. This portable robot can amble along all on its own, and the Performance model can hit speeds up to 20mph, has 2-hour battery life and an on-board camera.

Agile Catcher Robot

Agile Catcher Robot

Engineers at the EPFL are working on a robot arm that can figure out how to catch objects on its own. Like humans, the robot learns through imitation and trial and error. Robot baseball is going to be short and boring.

Robot Drums with Synths

Robot Drums with Synths

Kinetix set up a robotic drum and percussion set and a variety of synthesizers to play a kick-ass electronic track. The video is a real-time recording of the song. Buy the song to fund Kinetix’ trip to NIME 2014.

Flying Robot Orchestra

Flying Robot Orchestra

KMel Robotics talented team of flying drones shows off their musical prowess, playing drums, keyboards, bells, and strings. Sure, it’s all a little odd sounding, but you try being in a band with no hands or arms while hovering in the air.

Meet Boomer

Meet Boomer

Spin Master shows off their work in progress on a new robotic toy that looks like a baby dinosaur. Boomer can react to environmental stimuli and learn basic commands like a dog. Maybe we missed this lesson – did dinosaurs have wheels?

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Bat.tutty.ry

Bat.tutty.ry

This animated short film by Supinfocom student François Heysen follows the story of a robot on a quest to recharge before his battery drains. Unfortunately, his choice of power source is none too happy with him taking what isn’t his.

PixelBots

PixelBots

Scientists from Disney Research have developed tiny glowing robots which will swarm into shapes much like an animated version of a Lite Brite. Images can be drawn on a tablet, or controlled by gestures. Shut up and take our money!

Robofornication

Robofornication

Sorry, this video doesn’t involve robots getting it on. Instead, TeamDARE’s robotic band plays a cover of The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ classic Californication. The pan flute lead is just as intoxicating as Anthony Kiedis’ vocals.

The Glaucus

The Glaucus

Named for the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), Super-Releaser’s unusual soft robot walks not using servos or mechanical joints, but by inflating and deflating its air bladders. It looks like some sort of Pokémon to us.

MorpHex Mk. II Robot

MorpHex Mk. II Robot

An updated version of Zenta’s awesome morphing ball robot, which is now stronger and more agile than the original. While it still doesn’t have any weapons, we still wouldn’t want to get a hand stuck in there.

Robots Play with Trains

Robots Play with Trains

A couple of ABB Robotics IRB 140 robots equipped with LEGO model railroad tracks strut their stuff during a demonstration of their agility and accuracy, precisely placing and rerouting trains without a single derailment.

Wire Bending Machine

Wire Bending Machine

The AFE-2DC ULTRA CNC sounds like the name of a souped-up droid, but it’s actually a machine designed to do just one thing – bend wires at insanely fast speeds. Watch in amazement as it churns out all manner of shapes in seconds.

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Titanfall: Life is Better with a Titan

Titanfall: Life is Better with a Titan

Who wouldn’t want to have a building-sized walking tank? This fun commercial for the run-and-gun fps Titanfall is a pure power trip. On second thought let’s just keep the mayhem and wanton destruction in virtual worlds.

RC Snow Plow Robot

RC Snow Plow Robot

SuperDroid makes remote-controlled snow plowing robots. Each has a 6-wheel drive system, 13″ tiller tires and a 52″ wide snow plow blade. Add-ons include wheel chains, cameras and remote control via the Internet. More here.

Transformers Transforming

Transformers Transforming

The primary reason to watch Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, packed in 10 minutes. YouTuber Tunglebrek compiled most of the transformation sequences from the first three movies in one video. Uncompressed copy here.

Touch Bionics I-limb Ultra

Touch Bionics I-limb Ultra

(NSFW: Language) LiveLeaker Adam Harris’ customer demonstrates his i-limb ultra prosthetic hand. LIke the BeBionic3, it can be activated by the wearer’s muscles, but it can also be controlled by an app. F you all the way!

When Robots Go to War

When Robots Go to War

SkyNet sounds more and more possible as autonomous robots could take the place of humans on the battlefield. The Verge takes a look at the fascinating ethical and scientific debate behind letting robots do our dirty work.

Z-MACHINES Robot Band

Z-MACHINES Robot Band

While we’ve seen robotic musicians before, Z-MACHINES seem a lot less stiff, cranking out music that seems more improvised than robotic. In this clip, their 78-fingered guitarist and 22 drum percussionist worked with Squarepusher.

KEECKER

KEECKER

A mobile robot capable of turning any surface into a screen, KEECKER is controlled via smartphone to run apps, browse the web, play games and music or capture 360° video. It also provides home analytics and security.

RoboSimian

RoboSimian

Developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, RoboSimian shows off its abilities for climbing over obstacles, opening doorways and clearing debris. Though it looks more like a spider than a monkey when negotiating those cinder blocks.

C.A.R.L. Project

C.A.R.L. Project

Meet C.A.R.L., a robot ’embodiment’ of loneliness. C.A.R.L. was created by Gemma Fletcher and Studio Boo with retro imaginings of the future in mind and its travels were captured by London-based photographer David Ryle.

LEGO Curiosity Rover

LEGO Curiosity Rover

A LEGO model of NASA’s Curiosity rover, our robot emissary to Mars. It has 6 wheels and an articulated arm. It was designed and submitted to LEGO by Stephen Pakbaz, a mechanical engineer who worked on the actual rover.

Death Ray Drone

Death Ray Drone

If you think Jaimie Mantzel’s Attacknids are cool, check out what DIY Laser Guy did to the toy robot. He attached a 5W blue laser to a Stryder Attacknid and made it so he could fire the blinding beam via remote. Pew pew at 1:05.

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