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The Machine (Trailer)

The Machine (Trailer)

“I am the new world. And you are part of the old.” A scientist of the UK’s Ministry of Defence creates a highly intelligent android. Will it – she? – save us or doom us all? A sci-fi thriller in the vein of Blade Runner, RoboCop and Frankenstein.

iDiots

iDiots

Big Lazy Robot steps away from frightening glimpses of a grim future with this much lighter but cynical take on the negative and homogenizing effects of technology. Don’t take it too seriously. We all have an iDiot inside of us.

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10 Technologies That Will Kill us All

10 Technologies That Will Kill us All

TechRadar explores two handfuls of modern technologies which are both awesome – and potentially deadly. While some of the inventions give us pause, we’re not too worried about being devoured by a swarm of nanobots.

Self-Assembling Robots

Self-Assembling Robots

Engineers at MIT have developed tiny cubic robots which can fling themselves together to create larger, more complex structures. A spinning flywheel inside lets each cube move, and magnets along the edges let them connect.

Keloid

Keloid

Keloid isn’t really a short film but a series of loosely connected scenes strung together. It’s filled with bad-ass war machines and creepy living dolls though. A visual feast by VFX studio Big Lazy Robot.

WildCat Robot

WildCat Robot

Boston Dynamics is at it once again. This time, they’re showing off a robot that can gallop and bound around like some sort of crazed, headless packmule. You won’t outrun its 16mph top speed, but at least you can hear it coming.

Monsieur Robot Bartender

Monsieur Robot Bartender

Monsieur is a slick and sophisticated drink mixer. Order from its touchscreen or via its mobile app. It can vary the strength of your drinks, tell you when ingredients are running low and more. Its even built to scale up for business use.

Audi A4: Robots

Audi A4: Robots

Director Nacho Gayan’s charming CGI animated spot for the Audi A4 is the ultimate in aspirational marketing, as a tiny wind-up robot wishes he could be more like his distant, and decidedly more sophisticated cousin.

Box

Box

Believe it or not, those are flat screens. Part performance art, part tech demo, Bot & Dolly made these illusions using two robotic arms and projection mapping software that can align images on moving objects. (Thanks Jeremiah!)

The Day They Came

The Day They Came

A short science fiction film (more like a prologue) created by director Genesis Williams and VFX artist Eri Umusu of FICSON Films in Lagos, Nigeria. It’s not Pacific Rim, but it’s not too shabby for a film shot with zero budget.

World’s Largest Walking Robot

World’s Largest Walking Robot

Zollner Elektronik’s record-breaking 11-ton robotic dragon was built for a play in Germany. It can walk on its own, is over 51 feet long and has a 40 foot wingspan. Oh, did we happen to mention it breathes fire and squirts stage blood?

Terminator 3: T-1 Robots

Terminator 3: T-1 Robots

While T3 wasn’t very good, that doesn’t mean plenty of effort didn’t go into creating its robots. Here’s some BTS footage from Stan Winston School showing how the tank-treaded, gatling-gun wielding T-1 series robots worked.

AMP

AMP

In the not-too-distant future, a man and his robotic companion live on the fringes of society building and selling illegal technology to make ends meet. An entertaining short film, with more lens flare than a J.J. Abrams movie.

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Giant Mech Suit Test

Giant Mech Suit Test

We already saw the giant mech suit that Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects fabricated for Wired. Here’s footage of the suit being tested by Bruce D. Mitchell, the man behind (and inside) the epic costume.

Pacific Rim Toho Style Fan Trailer

Pacific Rim Toho Style Fan Trailer

In anticipation of Pacific Rim’s Japanese release, YouTuber honda brigit made this awesome fan trailer. It’s an homage to the old trailers of Toho, the Japanese film company known for releasing monster movies such as Godzilla.

Crazy Fast Robot

Crazy Fast Robot

A brief demonstration of a robot from Shinkawa which can precisely position components for surface mounting. Its breakneck pace is both mesmerizing and a bit frightening. The Surface Mounters’ Union will soon be protesting.

2013 Transformers Metroplex

2013 Transformers Metroplex

The largest Transformers toy ever made, the Titan Class Metroplex is 2ft. tall and comes with a Scamper action figure. The 2013 SDCC variant has chrome accents, an extra gun and additional figurines. Pic with pug via Comics Alliance.

Wired’s Giant Mech Cosplay

Wired’s Giant Mech Cosplay

Wired commissioned the Stan Winston School and Legacy Effects – the studio that designed the mechs in Pacific Rim – to make a 9’9″ tall robot costume. It’s made of aluminum and polyurethane and has a voice modulator.

4th String Jaegers

4th String Jaegers

(NSFW: Language) If you thought the names of the mechs in Pacific Rim sounded funny, check out 4th String Jaegers. The site and its contributors use the promotional Jaeger Designer to present hilarious Jaeger names. And puns.

Robot Gymnast

Robot Gymnast

YouTuber Hinamitetu spends far too much of his time building robots which perform gymnastic feats. But we have to say we’re impressed by this ‘bot and it’s ability to not only pull off a quadruple backflip, but to nail the landing.

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Meet ATLAS

Meet ATLAS

Boston Dynamics continues its work on robotic world domination, with a highly advanced 330-pound robot capable of walking, balancing and climbing stairs like a human, and to eventually take on the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Powered Jacket MK 3 Exoskeleton

Powered Jacket MK 3 Exoskeleton

A Japanese company called Sagawa Electronics claims that it has developed a powered exoskeleton for teenagers. It has lots of recreational potential, but it’s probably not an actual product. Why? Just watch the video.

Robugtix T8 Spiderbot

Robugtix T8 Spiderbot

An awesomely creepy robotic insect created using 3D-printed legs, 26 servo motors and special software algorithms which help it emulate the leg movements of a real spider. Arachnophobes, don’t hit the play button.

Pacific Rim (Trailer 3)

Pacific Rim (Trailer 3)

The latest trailer for Pacific Rim reminds us that there are people in it too. Expect them to cry, shout and give motivating speeches. Uhuh. In other news, coming 7/12/13: Huge Robots Fighting Equally Huge Monsters: The Movie.

How to Train Your Robot

How to Train Your Robot

A trainer shadow-boxes with a huge robot that mimics movements, like the ‘bot in Real Steel. The hunk of steel should require his trainers to know about a thing called “reach”. Made by students at the Platige Academy.

Ziphius Aquatic Drone

Ziphius Aquatic Drone

Ziphius is an aquatic drone that is controlled with an Android or iOS device. It can swim up to 6mph for up to 1 hour per charge. It can send live video from its 720p camera to a mobile device up to 300ft. away.

Rory vs. the Robot

Rory vs. the Robot

Rory McIlroy goes up against Jeff, aka the Golf Laboratory Computer Controlled Hitting Machine. Jeff’s mind games are on par with McIlroy’s golf skills. If he commentated on golf tourneys their ratings would skyrocket.

Tonight I Strike

Tonight I Strike

(NSFW: Language) A young man loses track of his little sister, and must go to extraordinary lengths to try and find her. A science-fiction mystery that asks more questions than it answers. Directed by Dan Gaud.

Shogun Warriors Posters

Shogun Warriors Posters

Get your late 70’s giant robot fix on with this fun poster series from the Boiling Point Creative Group. Unlike the original toys, these pieces aren’t spring loaded and won’t smack you in the eyeball.

Pacific Rim Mech Featurette

Pacific Rim Mech Featurette

(Spoilers) Director Guillermo del Toro and the cast and crew of Pacific Rim talk about the different mecha in the movie, and how they strive to make them unique. Think you can do better? Design your own Jaeger here.

Monolith Soft: X (E3 Trailer)

Monolith Soft: X (E3 Trailer)

From Monolith Soft, developer of the critically-acclaimed JRPG Xenoblade comes a new title only for the Wii U. The game codenamed ‘X’ will be an open world RPG with mechs that transform, fly and fight. Coming in 2014.

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