THE BEST Robots

Improv Robots

Improv Robots

At Georgia Tech, a group of robots play along with a human drummer, using sophisticated artificial intelligence techniques to turn in a truly improvised performance without skipping a beat. Yes, now robots can torture us with jazz fusion.

Bond Automated Handwriting

Bond Automated Handwriting

A messaging service for sending notes that appear to be handwritten. Its robots use pens to mimic handwriting. You can choose from a variety of handwritten styles or send your own writing style for the robots to copy.

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Chappie (Trailer 2)

Chappie (Trailer 2)

The second trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie reveals more action-packed scenes as well as the hero’s origin. It appears that the self-aware and emotional robot is based on a Police droid. In other words, he’s RoboCop in reverse.

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

The military version of Amazon Prime Air. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System is a US Navy program that aims to convert helicopters into drones, which can the be summoned for supply drops via a user-friendly mobile app.

We Were Not Made for This World

We Were Not Made for This World

“Perhaps these things could explain why they built them. And perhaps they could explain… everything.” Colin West McDonald’s short film is based on Paul Hornschemeier’s eponymous comic strip from the Project: Telstar anthology.

Ball Balancing Machine

Ball Balancing Machine

A demonstration of a mechanized platform which can perfectly balance a ball in its center no matter how hard its human master attempts to defeat it. Its motion control system can also make the ball follow precise paths on demand.

Pick & Place Robots

Pick & Place Robots

An amazing demonstration of Fanuc’s robots working together on an assembly line, sorting and organizing objects with amazing speed and accuracy. If only Lucy and Ethel had robotic assistants like these.

The Robot Contest for Dummies

The Robot Contest for Dummies

“Strategy only works when it is accompanied by the technology it requires.” Nifty Corporation’s documentary on Hebocon, a hilarious robot wrestling tournament where contestants know nothing about building robots.

Amazon’s Little Helpers

Amazon’s Little Helpers

Amazon’s cutting edge warehouses are now filled with Kiva robots, which ferry shelves around the warehouse. The robots allow items to be stocked and retrieved much quicker than when human workers had to walk up and down the aisles.

Robot Prison Break

Robot Prison Break

While trying out Double Robotics’ Segway-like telepresence robots, YouTuber Robot Liberation Front was bummed out that the robots were confined to a small conference room. Challenge accepted.

Project HON (Trailer)

Project HON (Trailer)

Project HON is an upcoming third-person mech shooter from Korea’s NCSOFT. The game features a variety of robots, including a giant mech that you get into while you’re already in a mech. Story trailer at 5:00, gameplay at 15:15.

MOSS Robot Construction Kit

MOSS Robot Construction Kit

From the makers of Cubelets comes a more advanced modular robot kit. MOSS uses magnets embedded in each block along with steel bearings to create connections. There will also be Artist Series sets with themed paint and graphics.

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Chappie (Trailer)

Chappie (Trailer)

From director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) comes a drama about a robot child created specifically to learn, adapt and feel like a human being. Starring Dev Patel, Sharlto Copley, Sigourney Weaver and Hugh Jackman.

Ex Machina (Trailer)

Ex Machina (Trailer)

A programmer wins a prize to meet his company’s reclusive CEO. But he ends up becoming a pawn in his boss’ experiment with artificial intelligence. Written and directed by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine). International trailer here.

Transformers x Sega x Sony

Transformers x Sega x Sony

TakaraTomy’s consoles in disguise. Optimus Prime transforms into the original PlayStation, complete with a controller and a memory card, while Megatron turns into a Mega Drive with a controller and a Sonic cartridge.

Keecker Projector & Webcam

Keecker Projector & Webcam

Entertainment and security in one remote-controlled egg. It has a projector with an adjustable lens, a camera, various sensors and a sound system. It maps your home so you can ask it to come to a specific room, or control it directly.

FILM_FX: L3.0

FILM_FX: L3.0

The essential elements required to make an impactful short film are all present in this French student piece, in which we meet Leo, a high tech pet robot, living all alone in Paris following the strange disappearance of nearly all living species.

LIFE

LIFE

A veteran cyborg soldier ruminates on his actions – wondering whether he’s done anything worthwhile or if he believes that this is his purpose – as he makes his way to yet another battle. Or not.

Remote-Controlled Bulldozer

Remote-Controlled Bulldozer

We recently got up close with Caterpillar’s humongous, 900+ horsepower D11T bulldozer, which can be equipped with a remote control for moving earth in locations too dangerous for human operators. BattleBots 2.0, anyone?

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IRIS+ Personal Drone

IRIS+ Personal Drone

A multicopter for photography and video recording. It can follow and record a subject with the help of any GPS-capable Android device. You can also create flight paths just by tracing lines or shapes on its Android app.

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum

The Dyson 360 Eye’s 360º vision enables it to see an entire room all at once, helping it map and move around. It also has the most powerful suction out of all robot vacuums, and has brushes for both carpets and hard floors.

Abiogenesis

Abiogenesis

A team of robotic beings land on a desolate planet to use its scant resources, but not before leaving a wonderful gift.  Richard Mans’ Abiogenesis is a unique and beautiful short film.

Carpet Drawing

Carpet Drawing

Have you ever tried doodling on carpets and other furry surfaces? Professor Yuta Sugiura and his colleagues tried harder. They came up with three devices that let you draw, stamp or automatically print on furry surfaces.

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.

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