1. South Korean Robo-Prison Guard
Imagine a room full of scientists and engineers sitting around a massive oak table, and one of them sits straight up, removes the corncob pipe from their mouth, and asks, “How can we make prison even more bleak and terrifying?” Enter the world’s first robotic security guard, which should be more than enough inspiration to keep your criminal record clean.
2. Robokiyu the “Rescue” Robot
If you ever find yourself face-to-face with Robokiyu, then there’s a good chance that it’s already too late. Originally designed to remove injured folks from disaster scenes, this rescue robot apparently proved more adept at dragging the deceased into its gaping mechanical maw. I guess there are worse ways to go, like oh wait no there are totally not worse ways to go.
While its jerky, erratic movements and freakish sci-fi appearance are frightening enough, it’s the inhuman humming that keeps Boston Dynamic’s BigDog at the forefront of our nightmares.
So hey, what’s more terrifying than a sneaky, slinky robotic caterpillar crawling into your air vents at the dead of night, then expanding to ten times its original size? If you answered anything other than “absolutely nothing, what a silly question,” then the Squishbots have already won.
5. Gun-Toting Sentry ‘Bots
Manufactured to patrol the border that keeps South Korea’s Northern neighbors at bay, these machine gun-mounted sentries are programmed to track trespassers with state-of-the-art heat and motion sensors. It beats the hell out of an oversized “Beware of Dog” sign.
6. Cockroach-Controlled Bugbot
Activity time: Let’s make a list of all the positive things that can come from strapping a 2-inch Madagascar hissing cockroach into the driver’s seat of his own robot.
7. Darpa’s Stair-Scaling Military Robot
Used to be that you could escape any rampaging robots by climbing to the top of a staircase. Used to be that we didn’t have to spend every waking minute contemplating ways to outsmart rampaging robots. The times, they are a-changin’.
8. Titan The Robot
Now, to be 100% fair, the collar-popping bro-bot that stepped to Titan totally deserved the faceful of metal fist that was thrown his way. Still, we’d suggest that the big T sit in on a few robo-rage management classes before he develops a taste for confrontation.
9. Salad Slicing Robot
Things you probably shouldn’t do with your robot:
1) Give it a knife.
2) Teach it how to use said knife.
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.
10. Autonomous Quadrotor Flight ‘Bots
There’s just something inherently spine-tingling about seeing the words “aggressive,” “autonomous,” and “robot” strung together in the same sentence. While the quadrotor technology is undoubtedly impressive, it’s the constant buzzsaw whirring and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it movements that make us want to keep our distance.
Inspired By: Lego Hero Factory
Makuhero City’s most immoral androids have busted out of the Hero Factory’s Storage Facility, and the Heroes need all the help they can get to round-up these corrupt mechanical crooks. Head over to Hero Factory and put villainous ‘bots like Black Phantom, Scorpio and Fangz back behind bars where they belong!