Top 10 Robot Videos of 2010

Last year was an incredible time for robotics, and to recap the best robot moments of 2010…
Here you can see top 10 robot videos. If you want to see more, please visit this site.

No. 10
The Honda U3-X personal mobility device is not exactly a robot, but this amazing unicycle does use balancing technology from Asimo — and it definitely comes from the future.
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No. 9
It’s hard to believe that researchers were able to make a swarm of bacteria build a tiny pyramid. We have news for you: now they want to use this type of bacteria to power microscopic robots — inside your body!
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No. 8
Though the U.S. military routinely uses robots to disarm bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, a video emerged last year showing a robot launching a bomb. The weaponized iRobot PackBot was capable of launching an explosive rope to eliminate obstacles and clear roads. That’s an explosive video.
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No. 7
Hiroshi Ishiguro has built some scary robots (including a copy of himself and the aforementioned Telenoid). But Geminoid F is another story. This ultrarealistic humanoid is a copy of a young Japanese woman and it can talk, move its eyes and head, frown, and smile. In fact, she even got a job.
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No. 6
Quadrotors have been gaining popularity, and last year several groups demonstrated some impressive results. One group in particular, the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, stood out for its acrobatics, with its machines flying and looping through obstacles and even landing on vertical surfaces.
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No. 5
Is this the most amazing adult-size humanoid ever built? Possibly. AIST’s HRP-4 is sleek, athletic, and graceful, and few, if any, robots can move like it does. As one observer put it, it “will make you bow in deference.”
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No. 4
Robots with knives, robots with knives! This was one of our favorites stories of 2010. To study what kind of injury a knife-wielding robot might cause, German engineers built — what else? — a knife-wielding robot and set it loose on a pig carcass. But they didn’t stop there. After devising a collision-detection system, the researchers were confident enough to test it on their own flesh.
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No. 3
We’re down to the final three videos, which feature very different robots but have one thing in common: They all captured people’s imagination. First up is the humanoid HRP-4C, which last year showed off its dance moves along with a troupe of real human dancers in a video that went viral on the Net.
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No. 2
In another popular story of 2010, U.C. Berkeley researchers programmed aPR2, an advanced robot developed by Willow Garage, to fold towels. Video of the robot neatly folding towel after towel was seen by tens of thousands of people soon after it was released. Which proves that people really hate folding towels. The PR2 was also responsible for several other cool videos in 2010 — it could have its own top 20 videos list! — like this one of the bot playing pool.
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And finally…

No. 1

Many of the robots above are extremely sophisticated and expensive systems and they are capable of performing formidable things. But sometimes simplicity and beauty win. Below is our choice for the No. 1 video of 2010. It shows a robot that balances on a ball. Beautiful.


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