How would you like to own a Rubik’s Cube solving robot? Find that and more in this crazy list of robots (concepts included) that should be made available to consumers.

RuBot II

In this clip, Sean Connolly takes on the amazing RuBot II at the 2006 UK Open Rubik’s Championships.

The servos in RuBots head were malfunctioning so they were disconnected during this display. That’s why the head’s not moving. RuBot II did lose a few challenges on the day to some impressive speedcubists

Tetra Vaal

What is so extraordinary about this video is not only their superb 3D rendering, shadows, dirt and the texture, but also a rather unusual context the whole action takes place in.[Source 12]

Brain Controlled Robot

Researchers at the University of Washington have unveiled a “brain-controlled” robot — basically uses “an electrode cap (a non-invasive tool generating a noisy signal), mental powers commanded the robot to walk to a block, pick it up, and set it down in a designated area.”

Because of the type of brain readings they’re getting, the bot is semi-autonomous, using human control for making the decisions based on video cameras, but managing the actual mechanics of the motions on its own. Right now the bot can only manage to pick up simple shapes and move them to another location, but the eventual goal is a human-controlled robot that can function in human environments, learn from its surroundings and perform meaningful tasks for its human masters

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Albert Hubo

This Albert Einstein-inspired robot “is the first ever walking robot with humanlike expressions.”

Our Frubber material makes this possible, because it requires MUCH less force to move into facial expressions than do previous materials–less than 1/20th the force and energy than the softest animatronics materials, according to published tests. This means that the Albert head can run for hours on AA batteries, so it can be mobile and mount on a walking robot body


Autonomous Starfish Bot

Created by Viktor Zykov, this autonomous Starfish robot “works out its own model of itself and can revise the model to adapt to injury: first, it teaches itself to walk; then, when damaged, it teaches itself to limp.”

The underlying algorithm, the researchers said, could be applied to much more complex machines and also could allow robots to adapt to changes in environment and repair themselves by replacing parts. The work also could have other applications in computing and could lead to better understanding of animal cognition. In a way, Bongard said, the robot is “conscious” on a primitive level, because it thinks to itself, “What would happen if I do this?”

Amazing Beer-Pouring Robot V.2

Ok, so the first model wasn’t exactly “perfect” or amazing, this new version makes good of all previous shortcomings.

Sarcoman: The Incredible Entertainment Robot

Sarcoman is an incredible entertainment robot that not only looks cool, but can “dance, juggle, play air hockey, balance a pole, and play paddle ball.”

Sarcos entertainment robots are constructed of proprietary subsystems that achieve high reliability, low cost, and very high performance in both speed and grace