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.
THE BEST Robots
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.