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Robots

There’s Waldo Robot

There’s Waldo Robot

The Where’s Waldo books have a simple premise – look for the bespectacled, striped sweatered, knit-capped Waldo among a sea of people. If you don’t have the patience to find Waldo yourself, Redpepper’s AI-powered robot arm will take care of it for you.

Anki Vector Robot

Anki Vector Robot

Anki’s Vector is a smart, endearing and tiny robot assistant. It can connect to the Internet to answer your questions and tell you the weather. It can also set a timer and take photos. And it does all that with cute sounds and eyes.

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Ball-bouncing Robot

Ball-bouncing Robot

Tobias Kuhn’s robot has just one purpose – to juggle a ball on its surface for as long as possible without it falling off. He used an array of four microphones to detect the position of the ball, controlling a circuit which tweaks the angle of the table to keep it going.

Adam Savage Kit-bashes a Robot

Adam Savage Kit-bashes a Robot

Tested’s Adam Savage has built some incredibly complex projects, but here he returns to his model-making roots, and shows us how to make a completely unique robot sculpture using parts cobbled together parts from Weta Workshop’s Giant Killer Robots board game.

Building a Rock Skipping Robot

Building a Rock Skipping Robot

Mark Rober has built a lot of fun and fascinating gadgets. He explains his process with his latest build – a rock skipping robot. Through rigorous research and testing, he was able not only to build the robot but to learn how rock skipping works as well.

UkuRobot: The Robot Ukulele

UkuRobot: The Robot Ukulele

While its robotic “fingers” aren’t nearly as agile as Jake Shimabukuro’s, beginner ukulele players now have some robotic competition, thanks to this desktop machine that can play whatever tune you feed it. Listen as it plays the theme from The Godfather, and more.

Light Painting Machine

Light Painting Machine

By using a similar mechanism to the ones used in 3D printers, maker Josh Sheldon created an amazing robotic rig which can be used to guide a light source along a precise path. The result are some of the most beautifully smooth long-exposure light paintings we’ve ever seen.

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 2)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 2)

Our latest look at the film adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. Alita has no memories of her past and a relatively frail body. Just as she starts to discover who she really is, her potential makes her a target for those who want her power.

CloudPainter

CloudPainter

Created by Pindar, Hunter, and Dante Van Arman, CloudPainter is a robotic system designed to paint original artworks, using artificial intelligence to help it make creative decisions. Like human artists, it continues to improve and learn as its database grows.

Domo Arigato T-Shirt

Domo Arigato T-Shirt

Artist Dominic Tan’s jampacked Domo Arigato t-shirt features 262 robots, including mecha such as Gundam, cyborgs such as Big Daddy, armored suit wearers like Samus, and even a Pokémon. You can also get the design as a poster and on other merchandise.

MIT Cheetah 3 Robot

MIT Cheetah 3 Robot

MIT continues to improve upon its fast-moving Cheetah robot. In addition to its speed, it can now leap or gallop on rugged terrain, recover its balance, and climb stairs even if they’re covered with obstacles. Plus, it does all of this without the aid of cameras or visual sensors.

Sand Drawing Robot

Sand Drawing Robot

Ivan Miranda made a robot that can draw images on sand by etching one line at a time. It does take its time, and it would be nice if he could make it more portable and freewheeling, but it’s still a neat build. Skip to 1:40 to see the robot in action.

CanguRo Robot Scooter

CanguRo Robot Scooter

Shunji Yamanaka and Takayuki Furuta are working on RiDroid CanguRo, a three-wheeled robot scooter. Aside from being a transportation device, it can also follow you, perhaps while carrying something else. It can also be set to go to a destination using an app.

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Guardbot Surveillance Robot

Guardbot Surveillance Robot

Guardbot Inc. is working on a rolling surveillance robot that can be used on any terrain, and even on water. The eponymous robot can go up to 9mph on land and up to 3mph on water. It can be as small as 5in and as large as 7ft in diameter.

Disney Stunt Robots

Disney Stunt Robots

Disney Imagineering has been developing robots that could possibly be used to perform stunt work in theme park live shows. Their so-called “Stuntronics” are humanoid robots with impressive acrobatic skills, such as the ability to flip and nail a perfect landing every time.

Festo BionicFinWave Robot

Festo BionicFinWave Robot

Festo is showing off another one of their amazing bio-inspired creatures. The BionicFinWave takes cues from cuttlefish which use undulating fins to propel themselves through the water. The robot uses soft silicone fins moved by servo motors and lever arms.

Bottomless Joystick 2

Bottomless Joystick 2

Joysticks are one of the most popular and useful computer input devices. But they don’t work without something to hold their base in place. Yuichiro Katsumoto’s innovative joystick design uses servos to provide the same kinetic feedback but in mid-air.

Front Mission Zenith Action Figures

Front Mission Zenith Action Figures

The Zenith wanzer from Square Enix’s mix and match mech video game series gets two new action figures. The Front Mission 1st Wander Arts Zenith comes in two camo colors. It comes with three weapons, two pairs of hands and two shields.

Scribit Write & Erase Robot

Scribit Write & Erase Robot

Enjoy illustrations, quotes and more on your walls and windows with this cable-guided robot that draws with markers, and erases ink with heat. It can cover a 6.5ft x 6.5ft area. You can upload your own images or get them online. Works on plaster, whiteboards, and glass.

Robot Snake Firefighter

Robot Snake Firefighter

(Loud) Engineers from Japan’s Tohoku University and National Institute of Technology are developing a truly unusual firefighting device. The machine self-balances on its water stream and can snake its way into difficult to reach locations as it sprays water on flames.

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Iron Giant Geeki Tiki

Iron Giant Geeki Tiki

While its proportions are a little questionable, fans of the classic film The Iron Giant, rum, and fruit juice will still want to add this sweet ceramic tiki cup to their collection. It holds 28oz. of your favorite drink, and has a cool metallic sheen and bright eyeballs.

Xiaomi Mi Robot Builder

Xiaomi Mi Robot Builder

Kids and kids at heart can build their very own programmable robots with this fun kit. It comes with 978 pieces, which can create a self-balancing mech, an plane, or a dinosaur, each with moving parts, and the ability to control it using an Android or iOS device.

ATLAS Goes for a Jog

ATLAS Goes for a Jog

The robots of Boston Dynamics continue to get more and more impressive – and remind us that the robot uprising is an ever more realistic possibility, as their ATLAS humanoid goes for an untethered jog in the park, then shows off his acrobatic skills.

Homemade Hydraulic Hulkbuster

Homemade Hydraulic Hulkbuster

Inventor and builder Colin Furze teamed up with eBay for a crazy challenge – to construct a working replica of Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor using only components purchased from the auction site. Not only did Colin succeed, he excelled. Build videos here and here.

BoxtBoxer Boxing Robot

BoxtBoxer Boxing Robot

Botboxer is a boxing training system that features a punching bag that can automatically dodge your punches. Its sensors also allow it to recognize your moves. It comes with a 19″ touchscreen display that lets you control the punching bag and set drills.

LEGO Ball Counting Machine

LEGO Ball Counting Machine

Berthil van Beek shows off one of the cooler LEGO Great Ball Contraption modules we’ve seen. This one uses a complex series of gears and chains to count how many balls pass through it. We wonder if he timed the balls just right, if it could actually work as a clock.

Lifelike Animatronic Head

Lifelike Animatronic Head

The roboticists at Garner Holt Productions show off their proudest achievement to date. “Alfred Jingle Machina” is an animatronic head that can move more smoothly than any before it, replicating human expressions better than ever. Maybe Westworld isn’t that far off after all.

Head Orbiting Lazy Susan

Head Orbiting Lazy Susan

(PG-13: Language) Simone Giertz’s latest ridiculous design is for a contraption that you set on your shoulders to deliver items to your face as they rotate in orbit around your head. Yes, it’s as stupidly hilarious as it sounds.

K’NEX Bottle Flipper

K’NEX Bottle Flipper

While LEGO Technic seems to get most of the love around here when it comes to building machines, K’NEX deserves a little love too. Check out this single-purpose robot that Thibault Art built which is capable of tossing and perfectly landing a water bottle every time.

Furrion Prosthesis Exo-mech

Furrion Prosthesis Exo-mech

Supposedly, Furrion’s 15 foot-tall mechanical exoskeleton will eventually be used in mech racing competitions. At this point, its still slow and clunky, but we’d still love to have one to stomp about in because it just looks cool.

BionicWheelBot

BionicWheelBot

Festo, makers of the SmartBird, Octopus Gripper, and BionicANT robot add to their nature-inspired menagerie with a robot whose abilities are based on those of the flic-flac spider, which can not only walk like a regular arachnid, but can cartwheel along the ground.

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