THE BEST Robots

Waymo One Self-Driving Taxi

Waymo One Self-Driving Taxi

Waymo, Google’s self-driving car program, has launched a taxi service. Available only in Arizona as of this writing, Waymo One works just like a ride sharing service like Uber, except the “driver” just there in case of emergency, and the car is fully autonomous.

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 3)

Alita: Battle Angel (Trailer 3)

Our latest look at the live action adaptation of the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita shows some of the heroine’s various armor and body modifications. It also gives us a peek of Alita competing in the deadly sport called “Motorball.” The film drops 2/6/19.

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The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself

The Chemical Brothers: Free Yourself

It is the distant future… the year 2000… the robots have taken our jobs… and are dancing about it. The music video for The Chemical Brothers’ track Free Yourself, from directors DOM&NIC and effects house The Mill will take you on quite the ride. Boogie! Roboboogie!

The One Love Machine Band

The One Love Machine Band

Great Big Story introduces us to artist Kolja Kugler, who built himself an animatronic band from scrap metal. The robotic musicians play the bass, drums, and flute, and seem to enjoy a bit of the old punk rock. Enjoy one of their performances here.

Alpha Training Blue Robot

Alpha Training Blue Robot

You don’t have to be a fan of the latest Jurassic World movie to appreciate this awesome high tech toy from Mattel. The Alpha Training Blue is a learning, interactive mini raptor with 7 motors, touch and sound sensors, and lots of nifty sound effects… and those eyes.

UNIQLO’s Robotic Warehouse

UNIQLO’s Robotic Warehouse

While most modern warehouses use a balanced blend of human and robotic workers, Japanese retailer UNIQLO’s Ariake warehouse replaced 90% of its human workers with machines. The result is both an engineering marvel, and a haunting glimpse of the future.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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