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2018 Sony AIBO

2018 Sony AIBO

Originally introduced back in 1999, Sony’s AIBO robotic pet dog is back and much improved. The adorable little digital pup moves much more smoothly, responds to touch, does tricks, recognizes people, and has soulful OLED eyes that express its virtual emotions.

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Gundam Barbatos Lupus Concept

LEGO Ideas member demon1408 made this kickass proposal for a 1/60th scale model of Gundam Barbatos Lupus from the hit anime Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. It’s fully articulated and comes with a sword-mace and guns. DIY instruction video here.

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The Crystal Fox Puppet

The Crystal Fox Puppet

Whether or not you loved The Last Jedi, you’ve got to hand it to the effects departments for their work on the film. While we assumed the Vulptex (aka “crystal foxes”) were CGI, it turns out they built an amazing animatronic puppet for close-ups, then scanned it for digital use.

Intelligent Actuator Table

Intelligent Actuator Table

A neat demonstration designed to show off the precision and programmability of Intelligent Actuator’s technology, in which a grid comprised of dozens of mechanical actuators move up and down to guide four soccer balls along their appropriate paths.

Build Your Own Droid

Build Your Own Droid

While so much of the focus has been on BB-8 in recent years, R2-D2 is still our favorite droid. Now you can build your own 12″ tall R2 unit using this DIY kit which includes all the parts you need, and stickers for customizing your bot. Great for kids or kids at heart.

ACHIRES Running Robot

ACHIRES Running Robot

The Actively Coordinated High-speed Image-processing Running Experiment System or “ACHIRES” is a somewhat silly looking bipedal robot which can run at high speeds, in part thanks to a 600 fps camera which observes its posture and corrects its balance instantly.

Lifelike Animatronic Abraham Lincoln

Lifelike Animatronic Abraham Lincoln

This incredibly realistic Abraham Lincoln puppet is the work of animatronics company Garner Holt Productions. Tested visited the company to talk about the puppet and the future of animatronics. Doesn’t look like anything to me.

ATLAS Does a Backflip

ATLAS Does a Backflip

In this brief footage from Boston Dynamics‘ laboratory, we see just how agile their ATLAS humanoid robot has become. The biped can not only walk, carry objects, and stand itself up like a human, but can now jump between pedestals and even do backflips.

Robotech VF-1J Guardian Mode Statue

Robotech VF-1J Guardian Mode Statue

Prime 1 Studio and Harmony Gold present a must have collectible for fans of Macross, Robotech or anything that’s awesome. The VF-1J Veritech Guardian Mode is about 33″ tall and 32″ wide. It comes with detachable FAST Pack space booster and weaponry.

GEIO FPV RC Combat Robot

GEIO FPV RC Combat Robot

GJS Co’s follow up to Ganker. Like it’s predecessor, the GEIO is a combat robot that’s controlled via a mobile app. But it has sensors that enable first person view, auto-targeting and augmented reality features. It also has conquest, scavenger hunt and race modes.

Robot Convention Highlight Reel

Robot Convention Highlight Reel

Does machine automation give you a thrill? Then tune in now for 10 minutes of robot porn, recorded by HD1080ide at Hannover Messe 2017, where robots poured beer, wielded lightsabers, lifted cars, played air hockey, and secretly conspired to take over the world.

Just a Couple of Headless Robots

Just a Couple of Headless Robots

A pair of Cassie robots take a stroll around the offices of their creator, Agility Robotics. These amazing mechanical wonders are able to balance on two legs without tethering, and were inspired by the way an ostrich walks. Everything you see here is 100% real, no CGI.

LEGO Halloween Machine

LEGO Halloween Machine

Too lazy to deal with trick-or-treaters this Halloween? Then you need to build a machine like the one that JK Brickworks made. This fun LEGO robot delivers individual candies with its skeleton hand, then gives kids a scare when they try to grab their treats.

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Soup-serving Robot

Soup-serving Robot

“The Soup Robot is as if the Beer Robot got the Breakfast Machine really drunk, and then they had a child.” For her latest build, the Queen of Sh*tty Robots Simone Giertz created a machine that’s designed to lift up a bowl of soup, and spoonfeed her. Naturally, it sucks.

ZarPlotter Drawing Machine

ZarPlotter Drawing Machine

This cable-driven machine holds a pen in its grip and can not only draw intricate and detailed lettering, but can emulate the imperfections of handwriting. It can create calligraphy and draw images as well. Contact ZarPlotter if you’re interested in purchasing one.

Effie Ironing Machine

Effie Ironing Machine

Effie is an upcoming robotic ironing machine. It uses contact heat, steam or both to remove wrinkles on clothing. It can iron one garment in 3 minutes and can be loaded with up to 12 items at once. So why are we still ironing? Because the robot will sell for about $920.

Goliath CNC

Goliath CNC

A portable and affordable CNC machine. The Goliath has omnidirectional wheels that allows it to move directly on top of the material that it’s cutting. Its wheels are designed to ensure that dust and debris and won’t affect the machine’s accuracy.

Qoobo Robotic Pillow Pet

Qoobo Robotic Pillow Pet

Yep, it’s from Japan. Yukai Engineering’s Qoobo is a simple robotic pillow that’s meant to provide the comfort of touching a pet animal. Its furry body vibrates when stroked enough times, and its tail will wag from time to time. This is what androids dream of.

ADAM: The Mirror

ADAM: The Mirror

Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios picks up where last year’s ADAM left off – as a group of humanoids who find themselves freed from oppression, and searching for meaning after they meet two mysterious strangers. Like Chapter 1, it was created using the Unity engine.

Brian and Charles

Brian and Charles

After isolating himself from the rest of the world in a extremely rural area, Brian finds companionship from an unlikely source in this amusing, emotional, and slightly odd 12-minute tale of loneliness and companionship in London-based Jim Archer’s Brian and Charles.

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Primer Origami Robots

Primer Origami Robots

Engineers from MIT’s CSAIL are showing off a fascinating new robot which can walk, roll, sail, and glide, by “wearing” tiny exoskeleton outfits which allow it to perform different tasks. Its skins can be shed by dissolving them in water when it wants to move on to a new activity.

Tree-trimming Robot

Tree-trimming Robot

Hand Tool Rescue shared this chainsaw-wielding, wheeled machine that can be placed around the trunk of a tree, then climbs its way towards the top, trimming off branches as it goes. We’re not sure how knows when to come back down. Original footage via Bidone1967.

Z-Arm 4-Axis Desktop Robot Arm

Z-Arm 4-Axis Desktop Robot Arm

The Z-Arm is a desktop robot arm that is incredibly versatile, yet relatively affordable and easy to use. It can move on four axes, has a variety of interchangeable tool heads (including 3D printing, laser engraving, and gripping), and can be controlled via PC or mobile devices.

Life-size Unicorn Gundam

Life-size Unicorn Gundam

Darwinfish105 has been capturing eye-popping images of the new giant Mobile Suit Unicorn Gundam statue being erected outside of DiverCity Mall in Tokyo’s Odaiba district. The statue is the second Gundam to stand on the spot after the first one was dismantled last year.

Nigel Stanford: Automatica

Nigel Stanford: Automatica

Musician Nigel Stanford is accompanied by a roomful of KUKA industrial robots in the video for his dynamic electronic track Automatica. The robot arms play guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, and of course wield deadly lasers. The brief behind the scenes video is worth a watch too.

Scorpion Hexapod

Scorpion Hexapod

A team or engineers from the UGent Campus Kortrijk and Industrial Design Center developed this creepy, yet endearing six-legged robot which looks like a giant scorpion, complete with pincers and a whip tail. They’d sell a million of these to 12-year-old boys if they retailed them.

Piloting a Giant Mech

Piloting a Giant Mech

Korea’s Hankook Mirae corporation is developing a real world take on the movie and video game staple – the manned mech suit. Autoblog’s Translogic managed to score a hands-on demo of their Method v2 robot. It doesn’t move fast, but it sure is impressive.

Sphero R2-D2 & BB-9E Robots

Sphero R2-D2 & BB-9E Robots

Sphero follows up its neat BB-8 droid with R2-D2 and BB-9E (a new character that will appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi). The R2-D2 toy has a built-in speaker for its trademark bleeps and bloops, while the BB-9E toy has the same fascinating spherical body as BB-8.

3D Printed Destiny Ghost Replicas

3D Printed Destiny Ghost Replicas

“You’d be surprised how little I understand what you’re thinking.” Etsy shop 3DDuplicator makes 3D printed replicas of the Ghosts from Destiny. There are a variety of shells available, including a Pokémon-themed one. The replicas each have a semi-poseable and backlit eye.

Meet Sophia: Advanced Prototype

Meet Sophia: Advanced Prototype

We were totally convinced that this was a promo clip for a science fiction movie, but we’ve been assured that Hanson Robotics is real, and they’ve actually built Sophia, an uncanny self-learning android AI to haunt our nightmares. She sounds infinitely smarter than she looks.

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

Tesla Coil and Robot Orchestra

One of the more entertaining robotic groups we’ve heard was built by FT Mechatronics, whose electronic band consists of a variety of stepper motors, solenoids, hard drives, oscilloscopes, a robot xylophone, nixie tubes, and a tesla coil. Here, it plays Hello by OMFG.

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