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3D-Printed T800

Programmer Alexander Osipovich from Russia has always been a fan of "The Terminator" series, and decided to create a real-life version of the T-800. It all began when he started work on a program while in college, but little did he know that this would eventually become the brain of his exoskeleton. The next 2-years were spent developing multiple versions in Visual Basic, and in 2011, Google just happened to be promoting DIY projects. So, they sent him a detailed schematic for 3D-printing the T-800, complete with the exact positioning of the actuators that would power its movements. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Paper Airplane LEGO Robot

It's no drone, but this custom LEGO robot is designed for something much cooler...folding and launching paper airplanes automatically. Arthur Sacek, a LEGO enthusiast and designer, used the colorful bricks to create a machine that could not only fold the planes, but launch them automatically as well. That's right, once folded, the machine shoots it down a 'runway' directly into flight. LEGO Mindstorms computers were used to precisely calculate the folds and just how quickly the airplane is folded. Continue reading for another behind-the-scenes video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus custom LEGO creations.

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Cassie Robot

Cassie the robot may be missing a torso, but it does have a 3-degrees-of-freedom hip, similar to humans, enabling it to move forwards, backwards, side to side, and rotate as well. Its powered ankles also allow it to stand in place or squat without having to constantly move its feet. An integrated battery power system keeps the on-board computers running smoothly. "This technology will simply explode at some point, when we create vehicles so automated and robots so efficient that deliveries and shipments are almost free. Quite simply, robots with legs can go a lot of places that wheels cannot. this will be the key to deliveries that can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by a fleet of autonomous vans that pull up to your curb, and an onboard robot that delivers to your doorstep," said Jonathan Hurst, associate professor of robotics at the OSU College of Engineering, and chief technology officer at Agility Robotics. Click here for the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a family who decided to live in a converted school bus.

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Odini Security Sphere

Need a home security system, and love BB-8? Meet Odini. This futuristic security sphere is essentially a discreet mobile solution that aims to provide privacy when you're home while monitoring and recording events when away. It movies around autonomously to ensure all rooms are secure, driven by four independent touch points between the main camera and its clear outer shell. The robot lets you know how it feels through an array of facial expressions - like looking tired when its battery is low. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Caltech Robot Bat
Caltech Bat Robot

Researchers at CalTech have developed a "Bat Robot" that boasts 40 active and passive joints, enabling it to fly just like the real thing. "[It] demonstrates one of the most advanced designs to date of a self-contained flapping-winged aerial robot with bat morphology that is able to perform autonomous flight," said Alireza Ramezani, postdoctoral associate at UIUC. This bot can dynamically alter its wing shape by flexing, twisting, extending its shoulder, elbow, wrist and leg joints. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Boston Dynamics Handle Robot

Google-owned Boston Dynamics has a new robot that has yet to be officially unveiled, but a leaked video shows that it's definitely "nightmare-inducing". No technical specifications have been revealed, but as you can see, it rides around upright on two wheels, spins quickly on its axis, and is capable of leaping over obstacles and landing perfectly. "[It's an] experiment in combining wheels with legs, with a very dynamic system that is balancing itself all the time and has a lot of knowledge of how to throw its weight around," said company founder Marc Raibert. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Adam Savage's custom NERF rifle.

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MIT Transparent Gel Robot

MIT engineers have created transparent, gel-based robots that move when water is pumped in and out, enabling them to perform a number of fast, forceful tasks, including kicking a ball underwater, as well as grabbing and releasing live fish. They're made entirely from hydrogel, which is a rubbery, nearly transparent material composed mostly of water, and each one is an assemblage of hollow, precisely designed structures, connected to rubbery tubes. When water is pumped into them, the structures quickly inflate in orientations that enable the bots to curl up or stretch out. Since the robots are both powered by and made almost entirely of water, they have similar visual and acoustic properties to water, making them virtually invisible. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a rare lava fire hose.

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Gita Cargo Robot

Drawing inspiration from BB-8, Piaggio's "Gita" is basically a bright blue orb equipped with a wheel on either side that enables the bot traverse just about any terrain. Flip open the central compartment to reveal a small storage space where you can store personal belongings, groceries, and more. Users will be able to select from slow - fast speeds, and each wheel is fitted with a set of color changing LED lights that illuminate its surroundings, as well as alert others. A small circular screen displays system notifications such as low battery and charging progress. "Think about how differently you would move if your hands were free, carrying cumbersome belongings wasn't a consideration, and you had a companion who moved just like you do," said the company. The "Gita" is set to be officially unveiled on February 2nd. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an electromagnetic levitation quadcopter.

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Letrons Transforming BMW Robot

Letvision's Letron is no longer a concept, and the life-sized transforming BMW 3-series robot has hit the streets. Unlike other giant robots, this one was created from a real car, and boasts a hydraulics system that can be remotely controlled for the transformation process. Future upgrades plan to make it drivable, which would integrate a passenger seat, though it won't exactly be street legal. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how the NES Zapper light gun works.

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Hanook Mirae Method-2 Robot Suit

We gave you a first look at the 13-foot Hankook Mirae Method-2 Robot Suit last week, but now, it has successfully performed the first walking test. At 1.5-tons, a human pilot sits inside the cockpit where there are controls to move the arms, which weigh 286-pounds each. While the current prototype is tethered, future models should be able to move more freely, according to the company's chairman Yang Jin-Ho. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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