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Robots

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Robotic Carpenters

Robotic Carpenters

We’re not sure we’d ever give a robotic arm a circular saw or power drill to gut us with, but it’s still pretty cool to see how these mechanical marvels can be trained to perform tasks normally reserved for skilled humans.

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Robots Programmed to Kill!

Robots Programmed to Kill!

Corridor got their hands on a prototype of the year’s most hotly anticipated new toy, the Anki Cozmo Robot, and sent him on a mission to take on an army of angry machines, a couple of which happen to come from Anki’s biggest competitors. Behind the scenes here.

Cubetto

Cubetto

A robotic play set that teaches preschoolers the basics of programming without text or complex rules. Cubetto is a cubic robot that is controlled by placing direction blocks on a control panel. It comes with maps and story books to make play time more fun.

Kobi Yard Robot

Kobi Yard Robot

Kobi is the ultimate lazy man’s robot. It has three swappable modules: one to mow the lawn, one to grab leaves, and one to blow snow. It can work on its own and use weather forecasts to schedule cleaning, or you can manage it via an app. Drops 2017 for $4,000+.

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Simon Stålenhag: Things from the Flood

Stålenhag’s follow up to Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood is still filled with paintings of Nordic countrysides invaded by mechanical beings and relics. But here a flood from a “huge abandoned underground facility” washed up strange organic creatures as well.

Dual Gear

Dual Gear

Currently in alpha, Dual Gear is an upcoming turn-based mecha RPG. Heavily inspired by anime and Front Mission, the game will feature 30 single player missions, 30 customizable mechs, 60 weapons and pilot skills. Coming to Windows, MacOS, Xbox One and PS4.

R2-D2 Coffee Press

R2-D2 Coffee Press

The best part of waking up is caffeine in your cup. Thanks to the fine folks at ThinkGeek, your favorite droid can be part of your morning ritual. This R2-D2 coffee press holds up to 32 ounces of liquid, and is ready to be of service just in time for holiday gift giving.

Crash Testing a Giant Robot

Crash Testing a Giant Robot

“Now we know our cockpit wasn’t built for this, but we didn’t expect to die from paint.” In preparation for their upcoming mech battle, MegaBots conducted impact tests on their prototype to see how their pilot would fare against giant weapons.

Origami Robot

Origami Robot

Researchers from MIT developed a tiny flat robot which folds itself into a different shape when heated, scampers about, then dissolves itself. They’ve also created a variant which could be swallowed in a capsule and used to perform surgery or deliver medications inside your body.

Simone Giertz’s Robot Dog

Simone Giertz’s Robot Dog

The queen of sh*tty robots‘ latest creation is very, very, very loosely based on the pet dog of YouTube megastar Jenna Marbles. This is one creation where we can honestly say we could’ve done better, i.e. duct tape a dog plushie onto an RC car.

Robot Sumo Wrestling

Robot Sumo Wrestling

This Japanese robot battle has a decidedly different flavor than Battlebots. Each robot is fully autonomous, and tasked with a single objective – to push the other robot out of the wrestling ring as quickly as possible. In the end, it’s a battle of speed vs. power.

Robot with Human Paintbrush

Robot with Human Paintbrush

Serbian artist Dragan Ilic voluntarily strapped himself onto the end of an industrial robot, while holding onto a box filled with paintbrushes, then allowed the robot to move him around a giant canvas and put him to work as a painter.

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