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Robots

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Endless Toy Train Loop

Endless Toy Train Loop

While this robot might not be quite as showy at playing with model trains as these ones, there’s something hypnotic about this one toiling endlessly at its single task – to build a track just in time for the model train to get there.

DIY Life-Size K-2SO Puppet

DIY Life-Size K-2SO Puppet

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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Sorter Bots

Sorter Bots

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.

Octopus Gripper Robot

Octopus Gripper Robot

Robotics company Festo developed this incredible appendage that mimics the movements and suction abilities of an octopus tentacle. It can grab and hold onto objects that might challenge other robots. It attaches to the end of their bendy Bionic Motion Robot.

Rayna Meets a Robot

Rayna Meets a Robot

YouTuber marxj1 shared this cute video of a little girl mistaking a broken water heater for a robot. We’re not sure what’s more fascinating: that her belief makes us believe as well, or that she’s familiar with the concept of a robot.

Making Robots from Soda Cans

Making Robots from Soda Cans

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.

Musical Improv Robot

Musical Improv Robot

Engineers from the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology developed a robotic marimba player who “listens” to live music then provides improvised accompaniment via artificial intelligence algorithms. Listen to more smooth robojams here and here.

Joto

Joto

Joto is a modern take on an X/Y plotter that displays pictures, screenshots, notes and more by drawing them on a whiteboard marker, then erasing them when it’s time for a new image. With support from developers, it can integrate with apps like Twitter, Slack and Spotify.

Thomas the Flame Engine

Thomas the Flame Engine

Toy modder PeterSripol wanted to make his own version of YouTuber Y NAKAJIMA’s funny Thomas the Tank Engine-themed remote controlled hexapod. To one-up his inspiration, he replaced the laser with a flamethrower. The terror starts at 8:07.

Burger-flipping Robot

Burger-flipping Robot

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.

Baby Bottle Robot

Baby Bottle Robot

The latest invention from Useless Duck Company is a robot designed to give parents a break, and automatically deliver bottles of milk to babies. It’s quite efficient, and ensures that crying brat won’t bother you with its pesky need for nutrients.

Arpeggio Piano Superdroid

Arpeggio Piano Superdroid

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.

Boston Dynamics Handle Robot

Boston Dynamics Handle Robot

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.

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GKR: Heavy Hitters

GKR: Heavy Hitters

From special effects masters Weta Workshop comes Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters. It’s a board game about corporate mechs salvaging abandoned cities for profit. Pick your mech and pilot and either salvage the most resources or destroy the enemy mechs.

Dangerous Toast Buttering Robot

Dangerous Toast Buttering Robot

Rick’s butter robot is too smart for its purpose. YouTuber William Osman’s creation on the other hand is too powerful for the task. It’ll gleefully butter – or mash – anything you put in front of it though. Skip to 7:10 for the sort of finished robot.

Line-us Robot

Line-us Robot

This quirky little robot is small enough to take anywhere, and can be used to sketch out line art images of anything you can draw on screen. Its robotic arm copies your hand movements, though its sketches have a bit of wobble to them – which gives them added character.

I Am Not a Robot

I Am Not a Robot

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.

Salad Tossing Robot

Salad Tossing Robot

Useless Duck Company shows off another ridiculous contraption they built. This one performs a basic kitchen chore. But unlike other single-task robots, this one actually has three distinctive operating modes.

Megabot Gets Knives

Megabot Gets Knives

In tribute to the insane knife-wielding robot that Simone Giertz built, the guys behind Megabots’ Mk. III combat robot equipped their killer mech with a pair of its own blade hands, and put Simone behind the controls of the behemoth.

Simone’s Beer Robot

Simone’s Beer Robot

(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.

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Peeqo: The GIF Bot

Peeqo: The GIF Bot

Abhishek Singh found himself in need of a little distraction during the work day, so he spent way too much time building himself Peeqo, a personal assistant robot who answers questions and requests entirely using GIF images. Check out his build log here.

ChainFORM

ChainFORM

Engineers from MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group developed a unique tangible interface – a modular system which can change shape and color, and detect inputs anywhere along its surfaces. If we ever need a robotic pet snake or caterpillar, we know who we’re calling.

LEGO Boost

LEGO Boost

Mindstorms for kids. LEGO Boost lets you create programmable robots using a drag-and-drop mobile app and a variety of sensor bricks. The first Boost set lets you build a humanoid, a guitar, a cat, a car and a machine that builds smaller LEGO creations. Drops 8/2017.

Air Hockey Robot Evo

Air Hockey Robot Evo

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.

Bug-legged Robot

Bug-legged Robot

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.

The MultiCuber 999

The MultiCuber 999

We’ve seen machines that could solve simple Rubik’s Cubes very quickly, but this impressive build is not only made entirely from LEGO Mindstorms, but can solve an insanely complex 9x9x9 cube. It takes it about 35 minutes, but we’d like to see you do better.

LEGO Ideas: Iron Giant

LEGO Ideas: Iron Giant

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.

MekaMon

MekaMon

Reach Robotics’ MekaMon is a modular spider-like robot that you control via a mobile app. The robot is agile and has an animated and endearing way of moving and acting. You can play solo in augmented reality mode or fight another MekaMon player.

Codename Colossus Mk. 1 Cyclops

Codename Colossus Mk. 1 Cyclops

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.

DIY Rick & Morty Butter Robot

DIY Rick & Morty Butter Robot

“What is my purpose?” Redditor andredotcom modified a smartphone controlled toy tank and made a 3D printed body for it to make it look and sound like the existentially devastated butter robot from Rick & Morty.

NASA’s Wall Climbing Robots

NASA’s Wall Climbing Robots

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab shows off a small robot that’s capable of driving straight up the side of a building. One version uses gecko-like microsuction to stick to smooth surfaces, while another uses insect inspired microspines to grab onto rough walls.

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