There's been a slew of weird and amusing robot stories in the past year
on robots.net. I thought it would be fun to take a trip down the
robots.net memory lane at a sampling of the weird robot stories we've
seen in the past year or so. Click through to read the weird robot
stories article (below, or try looking somewhere else or under your bed
if you can't find it below).
Have you ever had a slew? Well usually it's followed by the word "of"
and then something. It's sort of like a gaggle but I've already used
the word "gaggle" in a previous article. In any case I have a slew of
weird robot stories for your consideration and amusement. You'll need
to click the links and follow the stories for complete amusement or
monotony whichever you may see it.
Dances with Robots:
Let's start off with dancing robots. Now I love to watch ballroom
dancing. OK, I lied, I hate it. Hey, I'm a guy!
But, my wife loves to watch dancing and by that I mean dancing humans.
That being said, my wife hates
dancing robots and won't watch dancing robot videos. But, I'm
enthralled with dancing robots even if she isn't. It has
probably sparked your interest that this flip-flop of disagreement
happens with my wife and me about dancing. ...Or
perhaps not if you are not really paying attention to what you are
reading and are a disinterested
zombie that reads late at night to help yourself go to sleep. But, if
it does spark your interest about our disagreements, you're probably
to interested in our personal arguments. Anyway, dancing around that
topic, check out the Industrial Robots Dance
Video and the
Dancing Hexapod on the
Viral Video Circuit. If
you really like dancing robots, you might also check out the Ballroom dancing robot or
the Keepon Dancing Robot
video or his big brother Tofu the hairy dancing
Of course a really cool dancing robot is the Citroen's C4 "Staying Alive!"
Dancing robot or their previous C4 dancing robot
video. Citroen's dancing robot videos are cool!
Robots made from Junk:
If you are a "Real" robot builder then likely your house is filled with
junk like mine. Yes, I admit
it, it's all my wife's fault that the house is all cluttered with a slew
of junk, even robot junk. Now we don't
clutter our house with any old gaggle (there I said it) of sophomoric lady's leg
lamps junk, but instead we go for the really weird robot stuff junk
like The Amazing Bickford,
Disposable Razor Robot or the
Robot. For the more artsy fartsy
in the crowd, perhaps you'd like the Rejected
Transformers 6 robots, or the Toasters turned
robots, or repurposed
typewriters or other robots made of junk. You
may want to take out insurance on your
robot junk or it may get vandalized. Now what
floats some people's boats are Huge robots made out of
styrofoam. You could of course go all
frugal and get some cardboard boxes and tape them together to form them
into a cheesy squarish cardboard junk robot but
why bother when you can spend a lot of money and buy one from Amazon? Just don't
let your robot junk overloards hear you call them junk!
There's nothing like an extremely useful robot, and these robots are
nothing like extremely useful robots! Now I know what
you're thinking: Robots should be useful servants used for the good of
You weren't thinking that? Well I'm not really a mind reader but I like
to tell you I know what you're thinking. It's sort of creeps people out
but tjat's fun. I also like spelling the word "That" with a j because
it's sort of Spanish sounding and creepy too. Yeah, it was a
misspelling and I'm too lazy to fix it. Anyway, when it comes to these
being useful, they're about as useful as my digressing but just as fun.
...to people who haven't totally lost their sense of humor that is.
ahem. I present to you now Japan's stupidest
robots. Yeah they're very stupid
indeed. I think they are meant to be humorous but they definitely are
stupid. Sometimes robots are not meant to be stupid but they are
anyway. Oh yeah, I see, very funny: quit putting down my robots. I'm
talking about really stupid robots. Let me shift attention away from MY
robots to the Walking iPhone Robot
that doesn't walk and sort of
falls over a lot, or the fork and knife robot
doesn't really have a use for the fork and knife. Not so useful but fun
is the Spider Walker where
you get to ride on a slow
walking, unstable, coffee table. Wee!
The Weird and Macabre Robots:
How do you pronounce Macabre? I think it sounds like "corn cob" but why
is that? No really, why is
that? Shouldn't it sound something like Mac-A-Bree? Mmmm, like a
cheesy gourmet hamburger. Yeah! OK, I
suppose that pronouncing it that way would be a bit grim and morbid and
perhaps horridly spooky. (Those are
all synonyms of "Macabre" if you didn't catch that). We'll here's a
robot that's horridly spooky as
in a Rat-Brained
Robot. It drives itself around
via rat brains grown on a chip. You could also use the rat brain cells to create
beautiful robotic works of
art! Doesn't that just scream CREEPY! Imagine if you will... (shh,
you're imagining now, but don't close your eyes or you'll stop
reading)... asking a
seemingly innocent question
at an art gallery about the artist of a beautiful work of art only to
find out the art was created by disembodied rat brain cells!
That'll make you run screeming out of the building like a 9 year old
school girl. Speaking of weird
little girls, the freaky looking robot girl
R-1, takes the cake. The inventor says, "it wears clothes," as one
of its cool features. Like
what the? Or, my favorite for the weird and macbre, the Cyborg Cockroach (video) where they glue a
big hissing cockroach to a holder so that
it is forced to walk on a ping pong like track ball treadmill that
controls a robotic base. I'm not
sure if they asked the cockroach but I guess that he's not really happy
about it. If you don't
like little critter brains controlling robotic exoskeletons? Then how
about cyborg rat brains that are
controlled by electrodes?
Yep, the rats have metal rods jammed in their heads which are connected
to a computer so that you, the evil human, can steer the
poor little rats left or right with a remote control dutifully following
your evil commands.
I'm so glad we had this time together to reminisce about a slew of weird
robots. Oh, now you're sad
that we're about to part ways? Don't be sad. So now that you're all
emotional and all, I thought I'd
leave you with: sad robots. I know it's
been done before but this sad robot video is
fun and depressing at the same
time! Here's another fun and sad and depressing robot boogie video
with a devo flair about that all the humans are
dead after a robot uprising.
Don't go away sad, though, here's amusing song about the Roomba robot vacuum
that'll keep you happy and it will stay swirling in your head until we
I hope you enjoyed our little trip down the robots.net memory lane.
Nothing else to read here. Move along.