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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Will Meets Sophia

Will Meets Sophia

“They show us I, Robot just to make sure we don’t get any ideas.” Sophia the robot goes on a date with entertainer Will Smith, and it quickly becomes evident that there’s no love connection. Will might want to unplug his devices before Skynet comes after him.

New Gundam Breaker (Teaser)

New Gundam Breaker (Teaser)

New Gundam Breaker is an action game for Windows and PS4 where you play with living versions of Gunpla, or Gundam model kits. Collect parts as you battle and use them to build your own mech. You’ll also be able to swap parts while in battle. Drops 6/22/18.

The Rise & Fall of Giant Robots

The Rise & Fall of Giant Robots

(PG-13: Language) Despite their heritage, commercial success and inherent coolness, giant robots are not as popular today as they once wer. Gigguk charts the history of the mecha genre, its influence on anime and why it’s not as popular as it used to be.

Westworld & Solving The Pathetic Fallacy

Westworld & Solving The Pathetic Fallacy

(Spoilers) Science fiction often relies on the idea that robotic uprisings come from androids gaining human-like emotions. Trekspertise provides their thoughts on why Westworld’s approach is more compelling and believable in this excellent video essay.

Iron Harvest

Iron Harvest

King Art Games’ mechs-meets-1920s real-time strategy game is on Kickstarter. Iron Harvest promises gameplay that’s more tactics than twitch, engaging single player campaigns, and of course badass mechs and weapon systems. It’s coming to Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.

HAL 9000 Interactive Replica

HAL 9000 Interactive Replica

Master Replicas’ upcoming Full Scale HAL 9000 replica responds to lines from 2001: A Space Odyssey with the appropriate lines. But it’s also an Amazon Echo device, which means you can use it to play music, ask questions, control smart home devices and more.

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Rubik’s Solving Robot

Rubik’s Solving Robot

If you thought that kid solving a Rubik’s Cube in under 5 seconds was impressive, wait til you get a load of Ben Katz’s speedy robot, which can size up the plastic cube puzzle, and solve it in less than 1/12th of the time – 0.38 seconds to be precise.

All Is Full of Robots

All Is Full of Robots

If you thought that Sophia the robot was creepy before, check this out, as the humanoid AI sings Bjork’s All Is Full of Love, which by no coincidence featured a singing robot in its video. Skip to 3:48 for the performance, which we suspect was aided by Vocaloid.

Wheeled-leg Climbing Robot

Wheeled-leg Climbing Robot

Inspired by a design posted by Brainergizer, YouTuber 上橋智恵 shows off an adorable little robot which can easily walk up walls and on ceilings – as long as they’re made out of metal. Its construction relies on neodymium magnets in its feet to work its magic.

1000Toys The Iron Giant Action Figure

1000Toys The Iron Giant Action Figure

1000Toys’ highly accurate The Iron Giant figure looks like a statue, but it’s actually a highly poseable collectible. It’s about 6.3″ tall, is made of many die-cast metal parts and comes with two heads, four pairs of hands, two sets of teeth and the “S” chest emblem.

Raven R Reactive Robot Speaker

Raven R Reactive Robot Speaker

Teenage Engineering – the folks behind the awesome Pocket Operator synths are collaborating with Chinese tech giant Baidu to create a robotic speaker reminiscent of Pixar’s Luxo, Jr. The R moves and grooves to music, while displaying patterns on its LED head.

Robot Opens the Door

Robot Opens the Door

Boston Dynamics‘ growing robot army is getting ever more ready for its uprising. Watch as one of its SpotMini quadruped ‘bots uses its arm appendage to not only open a door, but to let his buddy out. They’re coming for us… it’s only a matter of time.

Suvie Robot Cooker

Suvie Robot Cooker

Suvie is a robotic refrigerator and cooker. It keeps ingredients chilled until you tell it to start cooking. It has compartments for veggies, sauces, protein-rich food and starch-based food. There’s also an optional meal subscription with pre-packed ingredients.

Robot Factory Wood Model

Robot Factory Wood Model

Build your own desktop robot factory with this amazing wooden model from UGears. The 598-piece kit comes in flat-pack form, and features a variety of moving parts as well as robots that roll off the assembly line.

Robot Size Comparison

Robot Size Comparison

Since the robots in science fiction are just that, fictitious, MetaBallStudios’ could just have made up any measurements they wanted for their latest comparison video and we’d believe them. Regardless, it’s still cool too see just how much bigger Megazord is than R2-D2.

Pacific Rim Uprising (Trailer 2)

Pacific Rim Uprising (Trailer 2)

(PG-13) “Someone let them in. Someone from our world.” The latest trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising shows that our young heroes are thrust reluctantly into their roles when the kaiju unexpectedly return. Premieres 3/23/18.

Segway Loomo Personal Robot

Segway Loomo Personal Robot

It’s not quite an Autobot, but the Segway Loomo is a combination of the company’s self-balancing scooter and a modular robot. It can carry up to 200 lb. but can also work autonomously for security, cargo, and more. It will come in home and business variants.

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