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Category: Robots

Are You Ready for a Robot Massage Therapist?

Are You Ready for a Robot Massage Therapist?
Back before COVID-19, I used to love going to the massage therapist to have the knots and kinks worked out of my perpetually stiff back. Now, the idea of being locked in a room with a virtual stranger putting their hands all over me is kind of worrisome.

LEGO Ideas Motorized Johnny 5 Is Alive!

LEGO Ideas Motorized Johnny 5 Is Alive!
Short Circuit is one of those classic movies that every self-respecting geek should see at some point in their lives. After all, the star of the show is Number 5, aka Johnny 5, a charming and inquisitive robot who craves input and understanding from the human world.

Gundam Narikiri RX-78 and Zaku Boxer Briefs and Socks: Roleplay You Say?

Gundam Narikiri RX-78 and Zaku Boxer Briefs and Socks: Roleplay You Say?
The never-ending post-apocalyptic nightmare has started to affect even the supply of gunpla. So what do you do if you can’t get your hands on a Gundam model? Be a Gundam model. Bandai Namco’s silly Narikiri (“roleplay”) line features boxer briefs and socks based on Amuro Ray’s RX-78 Gundam, Char’s MS-06S Zaku, and the mass production MS-06F Zaku from the first Mobile Suit Gundam show.

Soul of Animal GX Go Kitten Super Robot Action Figure: Sweded Voltron

Soul of Animal GX Go Kitten Super Robot Action Figure: Sweded Voltron
Taiwanese toy shop Bid Toys won toymaker of the year in my books with its Soul of Animal GX Go Kitten, a parody of the OG Voltron that replaces the Lion Force with cats and boxes.

Fools Paradise Lowfool Steel of League Figure: Mobile Scrum Gundam

Fools Paradise Lowfool Steel of League Figure: Mobile Scrum Gundam
Prolific designer toymaker Fools Paradise is releasing a beastly figure that sees a rugby player wearing parts of the RX-78-2 Gundam as protective gear. The figure is called Lowfool Steel of League Team 01-GD. Yep, the toymakers are saying it’s for a robot rugby league, despite the face mask.

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers
Sure Old MacDonald had a farm, but did he have an Autonomous Weeder robot from Carbon Robotics? I think not. E-I-E-I-O indeed! The Autonomous Weeder, designed to kill weeds without harming the soil or water, scans the ground with its 12-camera array, identifies weeds via onboard AI, then kills them with high-powered carbon dioxide lasers.

Transformers x Quiccs Megatron Bust: Peace Through Graffiti

Transformers x Quiccs Megatron Bust: Peace Through Graffiti
Here’s a version of Megatron that Optimus Prime would allow to flourish. Hasbro and Mighty Jaxx’s latest team-up with toy designer Quiccs is a 9.5″ x 11″ x 7″ vinyl bust that sees the Decepticon leader brandishing two silver spray paint cans.

Star Wars Droid Restraining Bolt Magnets: Maybe This IS the Droid You’re Looking For

Star Wars Droid Restraining Bolt Magnets: Maybe This IS the Droid You’re Looking For
Because every possible piece of Star Wars merchandise that can exist does, Disney is selling droid restraining bolt magnets in the Galaxy’s Edge areas of its amusement parks. Thankfully for those of us without a Disney trip planned in the foreseeable future, they’re also available on Amazon (affiliate link).

DIY 3D Printable Mecha and Sci-Fi Face Masks: Man & Machine, Sanding Extreme

DIY 3D Printable Mecha and Sci-Fi Face Masks: Man & Machine, Sanding Extreme
You wouldn’t download a mech, but you would and you can download a mecha’s mask. It’s all thanks to designers like Etsy seller SeberdrA, who offers STL files of masks and other facial cosplay accessories inspired by popular mecha, cyborgs, and other anime, video games, and science fiction characters.

This Vending Machine Will Make You Breakfast Slower than You Can Do it Yourself

This Vending Machine Will Make You Breakfast Slower than You Can Do it Yourself
Breakfast – the most important meal of the day – is also the easiest meal to make. Just pour some cereal and milk into a bowl and quicker than you can say “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” (if you say it super slowly), you’ve got yourself the breakfast of champions (particularly if you favor Wheaties).

3D Printer Hacked Into Sandwich Making Robot

3D Printer Hacked Into Sandwich Making Robot
Sandwiches: what would I do without them? Probably starve, or at least go hungry for lunch. Well, now mechanical engineer Yuto Kuroki of Meiji University in Tokyo has made the entire sandwich-making process easier, thanks to a 3D printer that’s been modded into a 3-axis robotic manipulator.

Human Hand Sculpture Endlessly Taps Its Fingers

Human Hand Sculpture Endlessly Taps Its Fingers
Art: it means different things to different people. And to Nick Ramage, it means creating these £600 (~$830) Fingers Mk III mechanical sculptures. Honestly, I don’t know if I’m more surprised that they exist at all, or that there were Mk I and Mk II Fingers that came before this.

The Moflin is a Tribble-like AI Pet with Emotional Capabilities

The Moflin is a Tribble-like AI Pet with Emotional Capabilities
What you’re looking at is an artificial intelligence-driven furry electronic pet that can express its own emotions via movement and sound. The Moflin’s AI allows its emotions to constantly change based on its environment – much like a real pet’s, except you’ll save a small fortune on pet food.

A Robotic Trombone Machine: For the Marching Band of the Future

A Robotic Trombone Machine: For the Marching Band of the Future
Since “just because you can” is as good a reason as any to do something these days, the engineers at iSax Laboratories took it upon themselves to try building a MIDI-controlled robotic trombone. The result? Well, the result is what you’ll hear below, which is by no means the best trombone playing I’ve ever heard.

Guy’s Creepy Facial Recognition Robot with Furby ‘Brain’

Guy’s Creepy Facial Recognition Robot with Furby ‘Brain’
Seen here looking like a typical nuclear family of the future, this is YouTuber LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER showing off a facial recognition robot (the one on the right). It appears to be powered by a Furby inside the clear plastic computer case, which is modeled after a classic Apple Macintosh.

Disney’s Humanoid Robot with ‘Lifelike Gaze’ Is the Stuff of Nightmares

Disney’s Humanoid Robot with ‘Lifelike Gaze’ Is the Stuff of Nightmares
Because sometimes you need to diversify your assets and Disney has decided it wants to add some nightmare fuel to its portfolio, they recently posted a video of a humanoid robot developed by its research division with a “realistic and interactive lifelike gaze.”