October 22, 2012

13 Videos of the World’s Most Advanced & Unique Robots

I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. These are some of the most interesting, most advanced and most unique robots I’ve come across on the net.

Osaka Labs’ Repliee Q2 or ‘Ando-san’ is a humanoid type-robot that acts as an interviewer in this video.

Quadrotor robots doing ball juggling experiments.

Honda demonstrate the revamped Asimo robot, making the childlike machine run, hop around as well as serve drinks to show how the humanoid is now smarter and even more agile

A Robot That Balances on a Ball. Developed by Masaaki Kumagai and Takaya Ochiai at Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan

Researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have engineered a soft autonomous robot that moves via peristalsis, crawling across surfaces by contracting segments of its body, much like an earthworm.

The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) is a rough-terrain robot developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from DARPA and the US Marine Corps. It is designed to carry 300 lbs of payload and travel 20 miles without refueling

This is a rock-paper-scissors robot system with 100% win rate. It takes into account human body language and predicts what shape the hand will make in micro-seconds.

Sand Flea is an 11-lb robot with one trick up its sleeve: Normally it drives like an RC car, but when it needs to it can jump 30 feet into the air. An onboard stabilization system keeps it oriented during flight to improve the view from the video uplink and to control landings.

Toyota have unveiled a new robot that can play the violin. Albeit not particularly well.

Toyota took the robot in the previous video and paired it up with some friends to create an orchestra.

RHex is a 30-lb robot designed for mobility on rough terrain. It is operated remotely via an RF link that includes a high-resolution video uplink. RHex can operate right-side-up or up-side down, as shown in the video, and goes for up to four hours on one charge of its batteries.

PETMAN is an anthropomorphic robot developed by Boston Dynamics for testing special clothing used by US military personnel. PETMAN balances itself as it walks, squats and does calisthenics

MorpHex is a robot that can change its shape into ball, similar to the enemy robots of the Star Wars series.

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