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Making Techno with Robots

Making Techno with Robots

Moritz Simon Geist performs electronic music with a tableful of strange and wonderful mechanical contraptions he built by hand. Each one makes a unique analog sound that combines to create a driving beat. Check out the making-of video to see how it all works.

SpotMini Does a Dance

SpotMini Does a Dance

While the guys at Boston Dynamics have the latest in robot tech, they’re not exactly au courant with their musical selection. Still, we’ll forgive them for their out of date tastes because they taught their SpotMini robot some sick dance moves.

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ATLAS Does Parkour

ATLAS Does Parkour

Boston Dynamics‘ bipedal humanoid robot continues to build its library of skills. In this brief video clip, the sophisticated ‘bot shows off by hopping over a log, and bounding up a series of platforms with greater agility than most humans could pull off.

Voltes V and Daitetsujin 17 TinBots

Voltes V and Daitetsujin 17 TinBots

Hong Kong toy designer Lock Lai creates vintage-style robot toys which will look awesome on your shelf. Their articulated body parts are held on by magnets and can be stored inside of their metal bodies. Find more TinBot designs, including a DIY blank one on Storenvy.

Skeletonics Exoskeleton Suit

Skeletonics Exoskeleton Suit

Skeletonics‘ 9+ foot tall, 88 lb. electro-mechanical exosuit is more puppet than practical work assistant, but it’s still pretty awesome. In addition to offering its wearer a lift on stilts, it gives them giant robot arms and individually-controlled bony fingers.

Coral One 2-in-1 Vacuum Cleaner

Coral One 2-in-1 Vacuum Cleaner

Vacuum cleaner robots are great, but there are lots of places that they can’t reach. That’s where the Coral One comes in. It looks and works like a vacuum ‘bot, but its core can be detached and used as a Dustbuster-style handheld cleaner as well.

Rover Autonomous Golf Caddie

Rover Autonomous Golf Caddie

Already in use in a number of golf clubs in the United States, the Rover is an autonomous caddie that carries more than your golf clubs. It also has a built-in cooler, a carrier for divot repair seeds, and even a USB charger. It also has a tablet that shows your yardage.

Self-solving Rubik’s Cube

Self-solving Rubik’s Cube

There’s already a robot that can solve a Rubik’s Cube in 0.38 second, but that thing takes up too much space. Thanks to miniaturization, and the smarts of Human Controller, we now have a completely self-contained version. It can only reverse a human’s moves at this point though.

Super Mega Bot

Super Mega Bot

Inspector Bots‘ industrial-grade remote controlled robot is waterproof and dustproof, and can be used on a variety of terrain. It can carry up to 250 lb. of cargo and tow up to 3000 lb. It can be adapted for a variety of purposes, such as military, research and film.

LEGO Bomb Disposal Robot

LEGO Bomb Disposal Robot

This highly-articulated LEGO Technic robot by Shadow Elenter uses 19 motors to move its wheels, arms, snippers and grippers to defuse, pick up, and dispose of a phony explosive payload. We’re not sure we’d use it for a real bomb threat, but we’re still impressed.

Fusion Remote Exosuit

Fusion Remote Exosuit

Developed by engineers from Keio University, this wearable exosuit allows a remote operator to control its arm movements in order to provide guidance to its wearer. The instructor wears a VR headset so they can see the same thing as their student.

If Every Robot Was a Dalek

If Every Robot Was a Dalek

While busy working on their upcoming Doctor Who Honest Trailer, Screen Junkies took a little time out to make a clip which envisions evil Daleks assimilating other iconic robots from TV and movies. The Johnny 5 bit is the best. Unstable!!! Unstable!!!

LEGO Voltes V Concept

LEGO Voltes V Concept

LEGO Ideas member baeeee9 made this proposal for an official set of Voltes V, the super robot from the eponymous 1970’s anime. Just like in the cartoon, it consists of five vehicles that can be combined to form the humanoid robot. We love the proposal’s sleek look.

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ecoRobotix Weeding Robot

ecoRobotix Weeding Robot

ecoRobotix dramatically reduces the use of herbicides with this solar robot which can identify good plants vs. bad ones, then apply chemicals in tiny amounts only to the weeds, killing them with 95% effectiveness. It would be cool if it were strong enough to yank weeds.

Shoe-tying Robot

Shoe-tying Robot

If you have trouble tying your shoelaces, there are some great alternatives out there. But if you’re a mechanical engineer, you might build yourself a robot to perform the task for you, like these UC Davis students did. It’s not exactly fast, but it does get the job done.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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