THE BEST Robots

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.

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.

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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.

Record Robot Dance

Record Robot Dance

China’s WL Intelligent Technology gathered up 1,069 of its Dobi robots and arranged them into a massive grid, then programmed them to perform a synchronized routine, which landed them in the record books as the largest ever gathering of dancing robots.

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Iron Harvest (Teaser)

Iron Harvest (Teaser)

Iron Harvest is an upcoming real-time strategy game set in the same alternate early 20th century world as the excellent board game Scythe. Imagined by artist Jakub Rozalski, 1920+ is a timeline where three European factions wage war using primitive mechs.

HEXA All-Terrain RC Robot

HEXA All-Terrain RC Robot

Vincross’ Hexa is a six-legged robot that can tackle all sorts of terrain. It comes with a remote control app which can stream video from its camera, play various games and download apps that will be made by the community using its development kit.

MegaBots Eagle Prime Giant Robot

MegaBots Eagle Prime Giant Robot

The giant robot duel between MegaBots and Suidobashi Heavy Industries has been delayed for more than a year. But the Americans finally appear to be ready. Meet Eagle Prime, the combat-ready – and hopefully pilot-safe – version of their hulking mech. USA! USA! USA!

Gundam: The Origin Free Manga

Gundam: The Origin Free Manga

First released in 2001, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is a comic book retelling of the 1979 anime that launched the entertainment juggernaut we know and love. Now you can read its English version legitimately for free, thanks to manga publisher Comic Walker.

Snake Arm Robot

Snake Arm Robot

Footage of an amazing robot that mimics the flexibility of a snake. The OC Robotics Series II – X125 system can reach into confined and hazardous locations and conducts tasks using interchangeable tool tips. The latest version has a 10 foot arm that can hold up to 22 pounds.

Die-cast Gipsy Danger Action Figure

Die-cast Gipsy Danger Action Figure

Bandai does justice to the Kaiju-conquering mech from Pacific Rim with this 9″ tall die-cast metal action figure. The Soul of Chogokin GX-77 Gipsy Danger has light up parts and sound effects and comes with chain swords, interchangeable hands and a cargo ship.

Robot Safe Cracker

Robot Safe Cracker

Sparkfun founder Nate Seidle loves to create robots and is a genius with electronics. So for the fun of it, his wife gifted him a small safe that was locked, and provided no combination to open it. It was then up to Nathan to build a robot that could open it.

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RoboCop vs. Terminator Action Figures

RoboCop vs. Terminator Action Figures

Halt, Resistance! NECA’s action figure two-pack features the 7″ tall EndoCop and his best bud, the Terminator Dog. The figures were inspired by Frank Miller and Walter Simonson’s RoboCop vs. The Terminator comic books.

Simon Stålenhag: The Electric State

Simon Stålenhag: The Electric State

Simon Stålenhag is back with more retro sci-fi paintings. Set in an alternate ’90s US and centered on a young girl traveling with her robot, The Electric State is a 120-page art book with a supplementary narrative written by Simon as well. More on his site.

Automata: The Series (Teaser)

Automata: The Series (Teaser)

Geek kings Penny-Arcade adapted their side webcomic Automata into a episodic series. It’s a sci-fi noir set in an alternate reality 1930’s United States, where advanced robots used to be made. The series is about one such being, a detective, and his partner.

Airo Miro Robot Fish

Airo Miro Robot Fish

Korean company Airo is working on a lifelike decorative robot fish called Miro. It can swim on its own and avoid obstacles, and can be customized with skins. It can also be remote controlled and equipped with a camera. It lasts up to 10 hours per charge.

Robot Art Class

Robot Art Class

WIRED UK introduces us to artist Patrick Tresset, whose latest exhibition includes a classroom filled with robotic “students” each of which has been equipped with a pen and paper. While the students doodle, three smarter robots at the head of the class draw portraits.

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