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Pacific Rim (Trailer 2)

Pacific Rim (Trailer 2)

The latest trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim gives more sneak peeks at the monsters and giant robots that will go head-to-head in the movie. Check out the movie’s website for sweet images of the mecha.

Jack Conte: Pedals

Jack Conte: Pedals

Watch Jack Conte, an animatronic face and a hexapod play a song about effects pedals. Behind the scenes here. You can download the EP for free, but you might also want to donate at least $1 to Conte for his efforts.

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ABE

ABE

ABE was programmed to love. Unfortunately, he expected to be loved back. There’s nothing like a good psychopathic robot story right before bedtime. Sweet dreams. Written and directed by Rob McLellan. (Thanks Thane!)

Shelved

Shelved

(NSFW: Language) Two employees volunteer to go around the office and have their co-workers sign on a farewell card for another co-worker, who as it turns out doesn’t know that he’s leaving. It’s like The Office, but with robots.

PETMAN Wears Clothes

PETMAN Wears Clothes

Boston Dynamics’ versatile humanoid robot, PETMAN, takes to the runway and struts its stuff, demonstrating its ability to simultaneously amaze us with its technology and freak the hell out of us. The robopocalypse is nigh.

Messi vs. Robot Goalie

Messi vs. Robot Goalie

Lionel Messi is arguably the best footballer to have ever played the game. At just 25 years old, he’s won the Ballon d’Or 4 times, the only player to do so. But can he win a penalty shootout against a robot?

Grizzly Robot Utility Vehicle

Grizzly Robot Utility Vehicle

Able to carry up to 1320lbs. and go up to 12mph on its 26″ wheels, Clearpath Robotics’ Grizzly is an all-terrain tractor robot that can haul or pull anywhere. Looks like the BigDog has got some competition.

Gumdrop

Gumdrop

A woman who dreams in images from classic films auditions for a part of her own. Oh, did we mention she was a robot? A wonderfully imaginative CGI animated short film created by Kerry Conran for WIGS. Go BTS here.

Grillbot

Grillbot

Could this be the Roomba of grills? Grillbot is equipped with 3 motors that drive its 3 replaceable and dishwasher-friendly wire brushes. It also has a timer and overheat warning.

Toa Mata Robot Band

Toa Mata Robot Band

A band of LEGO Bionicle musicians gets outfitted with servos and bang out some catchy beats, with the help of an Arduino Uno board, and the Clavia Nord Beat iPad sequencer app.

Bartendro Cocktail Mixing Robot

Bartendro Cocktail Mixing Robot

Party Robotics’ Bartendro is a modular and open-source robot that dispenses perfectly mixed cocktail drinks and takes your order via a mobile app. It comes in 1, 3, 7 and 15 pump variants.

Shake Cocktail Robot

Shake Cocktail Robot

Inertia Labs’ cheeky entry into this year’s BarBot competition can pour and shake any three-ingredient cocktail you’d like. Drink up – assuming you can get past its unusual dispensing mechanism.

BigDog Throws Blocks

BigDog Throws Blocks

We’ve got enough trouble with Boston Dynamics beastly four-legged robot, but now it’s got the ability to pick up cinder blocks and toss them across the room. Nothing good could possibly come of this.

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Fanta Can Challenge: Level 2

Fanta Can Challenge: Level 2

The guys at ABB Robotics show off the incredible precision of their ‘bots as they rapidly guide a point between tightly packed cans of soda. Though we’d be more impressed if they were filled with soda.

Robot Combat League

Robot Combat League

SyFy’s new brings Real Steel to real life, as contestants take one each other using killer robotic avatars, remotely controlled by their pilots. Though we’re still waiting for wearable mech suit fights.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

A modern update on the Mindstorms robotics series, the EV3 interfaces with Macs, PCs and iOS devices and a single kit makes dozens of robot designs, including ones that fire projectiles.

HAL 9000 Replica

HAL 9000 Replica

ThinkGeek’s aluminum replicas of the evil artificial intelligence are based on “actual studio blueprints.” It recites 15 of its lines from 2001: A Space Odyssey in it’s cold, cold voice.

Compressorhead Robot Band

Compressorhead Robot Band

Check out Compressorhead kicking out the robot jams in their cover of Motörhead’s Ace of Spades. When the Country Bear Jamboree is in ashes, you have my permission to rock. (Thanks everyone!)

HyTAQ Robot

HyTAQ Robot

This ingenious, yet elegantly-simple robot design from IIT engineers allows a quadrotor UAV to go from air to ground and back again by using a rolling cage which rotates around its mid-section.

LS3 Robot Pack Horse

LS3 Robot Pack Horse

Boston Dynamics’ Legged Squad Support System or LS3 can follow voice commands and maneuver through a variety of terrain. We hope its successors won’t hunt us down for laughing at its awkward gait.

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Singing Bird Automaton

Singing Bird Automaton

The House of Automata has a growing collection of recovered and restored automatons like this 120-year-old singing bird contraption. Sounds kind of like an early prototype for a car alarm.

Pacific Rim x Power Rangers

Pacific Rim x Power Rangers

YouTuber Sean Warner mashed up the debut trailer of Pacific Rim with the theme song from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Be sure to listen to Zordon’s simple requirement to be a Power Ranger.

Pacific Rim (Trailer)

Pacific Rim (Trailer)

Assaulted by legions of gigantic monsters, man builds equally massive fighting robots to fight back. It’s monsters vs. mecha in director Guillermo del Toro’s latest. Is it just us, or is that GLaDOS talking?

Brave Robotics Transforming Robot

Brave Robotics Transforming Robot

An improved version of the the remote-controlled transforming robot car. It fires plastic projectiles and has a Wi-Fi camera. It gets better: the inventor Kenji Ishida is selling 10 units. Roll out!

Dark Vessel

Dark Vessel

If Quentin Tarantino had a baby with Pixar and named Sergio Leone as the godfather, Rocky Curby’s brilliantly bloody Dark Vessel would be the result. Cartoon robot murder and revenge rules.

BeBionic3 Robotic Hand

BeBionic3 Robotic Hand

An incredible futuristic prosthetic limb, which provides its wearer with 14 precise hand positions and grips, helping amputees do everything from write with a pen to gently crack an egg.

MR-808

MR-808

Moritz Simon Geist paid homage to the legendary Roland TR-808 drum machine by recreating the sounds it makes using real percussion instruments, with the help of custom made robots and Arduino.

Kuratas Robot Configurator

Kuratas Robot Configurator

Suidobashi Heavy Industry has launched a site where you can customize the $2M Kuratas mech and then place an order. Who cares if it’s a hoax? We just built a robot. Your argument is invalid.

Tightrope-Walking Robot

Tightrope-Walking Robot

Japanese engineers are working on solving some pretty important technical problems. Not chief among them is making robots perform circus acts. Though robot bike messengers could be cool.

Doing the Robot

Doing the Robot

Dancer Yash Agrawai (aka “RoboPop“) takes on a tiny humanoid robot, and does his best to replicate all the moves of the little mechanical dude. Or is it the other way around? We’re not sure.

Combat Creatures Attacknid

Combat Creatures Attacknid

Robot designer Jaimie Mantzel first showed off an early build of his six-legged robot toy a few months back, and now here he is, unboxing his awesomely cool production version, dubbed the Attacknid.

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