One of the best parts of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the snarky new droid K-2SO. Norm Chan from Tested recently met up with fan Darren Moser to take a look at the amazing full-scale K-2SO puppet suit he’s been building. We can’t wait to see the finished build.
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HKVision built this army of 300 little orange robots which dance around the floor, selecting parcels and dropping them into the appropriate sorting bins. With this system, this STO Express facility can sort up to 20,000 packages per hour – 30% faster than humans and at 1/2 the cost.
ApolloCrowe from Carbide 3D uses one of their Nomad desktop CNC machines to slice up soda cans, and transforms them into parts for a pair of robot sculptures. There’s a lot of handwork involved after the aluminum is cut, but it’s still cool to watch the machine work its magic.
Miso Robotics‘ “Flippy” can automatically identify burgers and other items on the griddle, and flip them at the right time. It’s rolling out to the CaliBurger chain over the next couple of years, and eventually will help line cooks with other tasks. We want a Mise en place bot.
Unlike other player pianos, the Arpeggio is a self-contained robot which can drive up to the keyboard and pedals on a regular piano, and perform in place of a human pianist, replicating the most intricate and nuanced elements of a previously-recorded performance.
Tha developers of the world’s largest menagerie of creepy robots have taken wraps off of Handle, a 6.5 foot-tall research robot that can drive along at 9 mph and jump up to 4 feet in the air. Its ability to balance and negotiate terrain are especially impressive.
You know those little checkboxes that ask you to click to prove you’re human? They detect minute movements of your cursor to determine that you’re not some sort of software ‘bot filling out the form. We don’t think the reCAPTCHA guys were considering actual robots though.
(PG-13: Language) The Queen of sh*tty robots Simone Giertz’s recent build is an attempt to build a low-budget robot that places a cup or glass on the table, then fills it with beer. We blame the human operator, Scott for the large amount of beer that ended up on the table.
Engineers Jose Julio and Juan Pedro Calderon Negueroles show off their open source robot kit and companion Android app which uses the phone’s camera to detect the trajectory of the puck and move the robot’s arm quick enough to give most human players a run for their money.
Developed by the Suzumori Endo Lab and A2Lab, this hilariously awkward, yet somehow endearing robot walks around on six spindly legs, like a giant insect. It weighs just about 8 pounds, and is one of those rare robot’s we’re not worried about hunting down and killing us.
One of the coolest concepts we’ve seen on the LEGO Ideas‘ website, Brett Cuviello’s Iron Giant build is simply spectacular, and does a great job replicating the giant robot from Brad Bird’s 1999 animated classic. The 2,000 piece set would have to be pricy, but we desperately want one.
One-man toy studio Michael Sng aka Machination Studios is ready to sell his first collectible. Like the Colossus prototype, the Mk. 1 Cyclops is a remote-controlled mobile fortress inspired by World War I technology. You can get it as a DIY kit or fully assembled.