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Robots

The Sandwich Robot

The Sandwich Robot

(PG-13: Language) Simone Giertz and her friend use the remote control from her Deal With It Robot to make a robot arm that’s supposed to spread jam on bread. They ended up making a rage quitter. Put peanut butter jar on bread. Efficiency level: robot.

The Real Deal

The Real Deal

Filmmaker Patrick Boivin created this all too short video simply described as “The world as a five-year-old boy sees it.” What makes it truly special is how amazingly realistic the toy animation looks. Impressive VFX work, Patrick.

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Dancing Robot World Record

Dancing Robot World Record

Guinness World Records shares this video of an army of tiny robots, all dancing in sync during the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China. In total, over 1000 robots participated. There were also a number of other robots on hand serving beer, ice cream, and performing.

Pendulum Balance Robot

Pendulum Balance Robot

If you thought that machine that could balance itself on a single point was cool, check out Andreas Eder and Tobias Glück’s robot, which can swing three pivoting sections upright and keep them balanced. It can’t hold on indefinitely, but we’d like to see you do better.

BattleBots: Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan

BattleBots: Hypershock vs. Warrior Clan

BattleBots recently featured a showdown between front-spinner bot Hypershock and orbital spinner Warrior Clan. The highlight of the match was the last minute addition of a garden rake which Hypershock used to swat Warrior Clan’s companion drone from the sky.

Ganker RC Combat Robots

Ganker RC Combat Robots

We love BattleBots, but we don’t all have the skills and resources for that. GJS’ Ganker is a promising alternative. It’s a highly mobile and articulated robot with customizable weapons and armor and sensors to detect hits and keep score.

SAW Robotic Worm

SAW Robotic Worm

Roboticist David Zarrouk’s and his team’s SAW (or “Single-Actuator Wave“) robot is both completely awesome, and serious nightmare fuel. This innovative robot can move on land or in water by wriggling its 3D-printed spine, and uses just a single motor to shimmy about.

LEGO Domino Machine

LEGO Domino Machine

File Mattias Wandel’s LEGO Technics contraption under “oddly satisfying,” as it moves along neatly and evenly spacing wooden dominoes. Now we need Mattias to build a companion machine that knocks them all over.

CRACUNS Underwater Drone

CRACUNS Underwater Drone

Developed by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the Corrosion Resistant Aerial Covert Unmanned Nautical System is able to lurk for months, hundreds of feet beneath the water’s surface, then deploy to carry out aerial missions on command.

17 Robot Fight

17 Robot Fight

While we always enjoy watching a round of BattleBots, those are generally just one-on-one robo-fights. Here, we get 17 robots in an all out war to see who be the last robot standing. The first minute or so is so chaotic, we could barely follow it. The action kicks in at 2:30.

FarmBot Genesis

FarmBot Genesis

A fully open source DIY robot that can plant and grow different kinds plants at once. FarmBot has drag and drop interfaces for planning and taking care of your small garden (up to 10’x 5′), as well as remote manual controls. It can even suppress weeds automatically.

BattleBots: Blacksmith vs. Minotaur

BattleBots: Blacksmith vs. Minotaur

The second season of the BattleBots reboot is off to a great start thanks to matches like this intense one between Team Half Fast Astronauts’ hammer-wielding Blacksmith against RioBotz’s Minotaur and its deadly spinning drum. Roombas they ain’t.

The Deal with It Robot

The Deal with It Robot

Apparently some people have been hate watching Simone Giertz and her intentionally stupid inventions, so she made a robot to address those haters. Now all she needs are the meme sunglasses.

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Anki Cozmo Robot

Anki Cozmo Robot

A tiny robot designed to kill you with cuteness, from the guys behind Anki Overdrive. Cozmo uses AI and computer vision to learn to recognize people, interact with its environment, and emote. Plus, its movements were designed by former Pixar animators. Your move, BB-8.

Boston Dynamics SpotMini

Boston Dynamics SpotMini

The folks behind robots like BigDog and AlphaDog are back with a smaller dog. SpotMini is designed for use around the home, and can not only act as a family pet, but can do chores, like doing the dishes and bringing you a beer. We only wonder if he poops batteries.

NehNehNeh

NehNehNeh

While some may see robots as the creepy harbingers of a dystopian future, YouTuber DFWV likes to think of them as the dopey and irreverent harbingers of Internet memes. Based on an attempt to sing this song. 1 hour special edition here.

FoldiMate Laundry Robot

FoldiMate Laundry Robot

The FoldiMate is a robotic appliance that folds shirts, pants or towels. It handles up to 20 clothes at once and has an optional steamer that removes wrinkles and a capsule-based atomizer for perfume, fabric softener or sanitizer. Drops 2017 for $700+.

Asus Zenbo Robot

Asus Zenbo Robot

Its promo video is cloying, but the idea of a personal robotic assistant for under $600 is certainly cool. The Zenbo can play games and tutor kids, provide reminders, control your home, monitor security and more. Even better, developers can create their own apps.

Phone Case with Arms

Phone Case with Arms

(PG-13: Language) “I don’t know why I built this.” The khaleesi of useless inventions Simone Giertz attached moving arms to her smartphone’s case. Now she can passively reject calls and her phone can call and crawl for help. See her creation in action at 1:46.

Trainerbot Table Tennis Robot

Trainerbot Table Tennis Robot

Practice your ping pong game with Trainerbot. Use its app to specify a shot type, spin and location and it will get it right every time. You can also program a string of shots as one drill, or play right away with its random, smash and beginner modes. It holds up to 30 balls.

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Hair Washing Robot

Hair Washing Robot

(PG-13: Language) The queen of robot underlords Simone Giertz tamed the plastic hand from her brutal wake-up machine and turned it into her personal shampooer. We hope she doesn’t turn her chopping machine into a hairdresser.

The Sock Removal Robot

The Sock Removal Robot

After a long day on your feet, taking your socks off can be a real pain in the butt. Useless Duck Company has created this single-purpose robot which takes care of the task usually reserved for significant others and dogs.

Piano Tiles Robot

Piano Tiles Robot

If you’ve ever played the mobile music game Piano Tiles or its sequel, you know how the difficulty level ramps up quickly. Since his fingers couldn’t possibly keep up with ever increasing speed, DenverFinn built a robot to play the game on his behalf.

LEGO Guitar Robot

LEGO Guitar Robot

TECHNICally Possible used his smarts to build a LEGO Mindstorms robot which can fret and strum an acoustic guitar. Hear it play a cover of Of Monsters and Men’s Little Talks, then check out how it all works. We anxiously await his LEGO vocalist.

LEGO Voltron Concept

LEGO Voltron Concept

Just in time for the Voltron reboot, LEGO Ideas member len_d69 is proposing an official LEGO set of the Lion Force robots based on their classic appearance. The lions can transform and combine into a 16″ 2lb. Voltron mech.

Monsters & Machines Database

Monsters & Machines Database

Like creepy creatures or giant robots? Visit Monsters & Machines. This website offers a database of movie and video game monsters and mechanical marvels, scored by their degree of awesomeness. It’s by no means comprehensive, but it’s still fun to explore.

The Secret of C-3PO

The Secret of C-3PO

“The problem’s plain to see… too much technology…” Editor Luc “Zapatou” Bergeron combined footage of Star Wars’ least respected droid with Styx’s cheesetastic Mr. Roboto, a song that seems much more appropriate these days than when it was released back in 1983.

The Popcorn Machine

The Popcorn Machine

Inventor Simone Giertz teamed up with Adam Savage to build another one of her silly robotic contraptions – this time, she’s made a hat that automatically feeds her popcorn. They should include one of these as an option with the Oculus Rift.

Strangely Satisfying Robot Videos

Strangely Satisfying Robot Videos

BuzzFeed Blue compiled this video featuring a variety of robots and automated assembly line machines doing what they do best. We think the clip should have been much longer, but we were still transfixed by these mechanical marvels.

Domino’s Pizza Delivery Robot

Domino’s Pizza Delivery Robot

Domino’s Australia is toying with an autonomous pizza delivery robot. The company’s prototype is a self-navigating wheeled robot that has a top speed of 12mph, sensors to avoid obstacles, and compartments that are unlocked via Domino’s app.

iRobot Braava Jet Mopping Robot

iRobot Braava Jet Mopping Robot

iRobot’s newest mopping robot. Unlike the Braava 300, the Braava Jet has a built-in water spray and uses cleaning pads that have water-activated detergent. Each pad is good for 150 to 200sq.ft. A reusable and washable cleaning pad is also available.

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