THE BEST Robots

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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