Robots were once a thing of sci-fi movies and nothing more. Now, there are plenty of terrifying robots in development that could become a bigger part of our lives than we ever imagined.
For years, many of us have been drawn in by science fiction films. Here, we’ve seen the birth of the hoverboard, intergalactic battles, and wars that are out of this world. While there have been many ideas from these movies, there is one that has left us wondering and terrified at the same time: robots. It once looked as though they would be contained to the big screen forever. Now, it seems they could be more of a reality than we ever imagined.
Long gone are the days where robots worked in factories or assisted with simple tasks. Now, they are more advanced and smarter than ever before. Not only have they taken on human-like features, but some have even surprised us with their own thoughts on the world.
Many believed that robots would never take over the world, and it was all part of a script, but what if they could become a part of our everyday lives? There are certainly some terrifying robots in development that might like to try.
If you thought spiders were terrifying enough already, what about a spider version of the creature?
That’s right; Robugtix T8X has been designed to look just like one of these beasts as well as moving and behaving just like a spider would in the wild.
Thankfully, Robugtix T8X is nothing more than a toy that is controlled by a remote – for now. The company that built the robot, Robugtix, is still working on a number of other spider-like machines. It looks as though they are set to be more autonomous and even bigger than the T8X. It turns out nightmares really can come true.
The US Military has paved the way for a host of inventions over the years, including the Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin, or PETMAN.
It has been designed to look and move just like a human as it can walk, run, crawl, and even sweat, just like a real soldier would out on the battlefield.
Snippets of information have been released about PETMAN over the years, and it seems it was designed to help test battle suits before they hit the real world. However, there are now rumors that PETMAN could be heading out to the front lines too where it would be in charge of autonomously searching for dangers or stranded soldiers.
Many look at Kuratas and think it would look better in an anime. The catch? That’s just what the designer of the robot, Kogoro Kurata, wants us to think.
He admits that he was inspired by an anime that he used to watch as a child and wanted to bring his creation to life.
Kogoro eventually contacted Suidobashi Heavy Industry who worked with the designer to create Kuratas. Now, it stands at 13 feet tall and can be ridden by someone. Kuratas also weighs 5 tons and comes fitted with a dexterous hand, rocket launcher, and rotating BB minigun among other things.
What is it about designers making robots that look just like humans? Engineers working at Kagawa University in Japan had a new idea, and they wanted to bring their design to life.
Now, we are left with the talking robot that resembles a human mouth. That’s not all.
The talking robot also has a silicon mouth, rubber nasal cavity, and eight vocal cords that all work together to talk and sing just like a human. It was meant to be used for voice training for the auditory-impaired. However, it can now listen to its voice and adapt to become more human-like as a result.
Some robots are designed to do a job. REEM has been designed to perform a whole host of tasks.
It’s the same size as a human and is capable of entertaining, being a receptionist, working as a guide, and even giving public speeches in a number of languages.
PAL-Robotics is the company behind the creation, who admit they want to see REEM working in malls and offices across the world. There have been many additions to the robot over the years. Now, it can sit, climb stairs, move like a human, and grab items. The lack of mouth and three-fingered hands still leave many people terrified of this robot.
Believe it or not, but Honda Robotics actually started work on ASIMO back in the 1980s before they unveiled their creation in 2000.
All of those years of research and adjustments now means that it is one of the most advanced robots in the world.
This was the first robot in the world that learned how to walk on two legs, and it wasn’t long before ASIMO was programmed how to figure out distances, recognize multiple moving objects, understand gestures and voice commands, and even navigate around all on its own. Throughout its life, ASIMO has played soccer with former President Barack Obama, been in a dance group, and learned to recognize faces.
Boston Dynamics have been behind a host of terrifying robots over the years. LS3 is no exception.
The robot, also known as the Legged Squad Support System, is a four-legged robot that has been funded by the US Military over the years.
Now, the armed forces use LS3 as a mule thanks to the fact that it can carry more than 400 pounds at once. To top it off, LS3 is also programmed to follow voice commands and autonomously follow its leader. Sadly, LS3 also weighs more than 1,300 pounds, meaning some troops are now waiting for a lighter and quieter version of the robot.
WildCat was inspired by other running robots in the world. Boston Dynamics soon put their heads together and created the robot – a free-running robot that can run up to 16 mph.
WildCat is just one of the first robots of its kind as Boston Dynamics hopes to one day have a version that can run at over 50 mph.
For now, WildCat is the fastest quadruped robot on the market and has an impressive set of skills that could be tough to beat. The robot is programmed to lean into its turns, meaning it can keep its balance and traction much like a horse or dog.
The advance of robots means that people can now design the machines more than ever.
Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories at Osaka University in Japan have taken their design one step further as Geminoid now looks just like the professor that was behind the appearance.
Not only does Geminoid’s face look like its creator’s, but it’s got the same physique, voice, language, and even shares some of the professor’s own hair. As if that wasn’t enough, Geminoid has now learned how to process language and has spoken about “blurring the boundary” between robots and humans and how someone’s soul “can exist in anything.”
Robots aren’t just dominating the land. It looks as though they’re after the underwater kingdom, too. GhostSwimmer is an unmanned robot that has been designed to mimic sharks as it swims through the water.
This isn’t the first time that engineers have been inspired by nature, but the natural movement means that GhostSwimmer goes largely undetected out there in the deep.
For now, the robot can swim up to 300 feet deep and gather information without risking anyone’s life. It weighs around 100 pounds and measures up to five feet long. The US Navy has been testing the robot to see if they can incorporate it as a part of their team.
RHex is another Boston Dynamics creation, but with a difference. This robot has been designed to tackle snow, vegetation, sand, mud, and rocks.
The robot makes good use of its six legs that are independently controlled by RHex. To top it off, the robot can even climb stairs.
RHex is fitted with cameras on the front and back, meaning people have a complete view of the surroundings. It is also waterproof, making it great for all types of terrains and weather. The US government have been testing RHex for years and now believe that it can take on any kind of terrain that stands in its way.
Adult dancing bots
Some robots are used by the military. Others find themselves living in factories. Adult dancing bots? They are destined for a life in gentlemen’s clubs.
They were first created by a German developer known as Tobit Software who unveiled their designs in 2014. In 2018, the adult dancing bots made their way to Las Vegas where they worked the stage.
Although their design is relatively simple compared to many other terrifying robots, the adult dancing bots have some pretty spooky moves they have learned over the years. Plus, they come fitted with security cameras for heads – not the most settling sight for anyone in the crowd.
Sophia is a robot that has got many people talking over the years. It uses advanced AI as it learns how to interact with humans.
This means Sophia can process what it’s saying as well as learning how to mimic behaviors and facial expressions of others.
Hanson Robotics are the ones behind the design, and they believe that making Sophia is the first step toward creating sentient AI. That’s not terrifying at all. As if that wasn’t enough, Sophia is the first robot to earn full citizenship in a country and has helped to blur the lines between machines and humans as a result.
Back in 2008, a group of 10-year-old students in Tokyo were in for a surprise when they headed to their classroom and found Saya sat behind the teacher’s desk.
The robot was dressed in a suit and had its hair neatly prepared and wore pink lipstick. It almost looked like a real human.
That’s just what the engineers at the Tokyo University of Science were going for when they created Saya. The creator of the robot. Professor Hiroshi Kobayashi, hopes that Saya is just the beginning. He wants robotic teachers to spread around the world as Hiroshi thinks they could help to educate those in hard to reach locations.
BionicANTS took their design straight from nature as the robots have been created to mimic real-life ants. That even means that they work better as a group than they do on their own.
BionicANTs are autonomous and know how to react to various stimuli around them, but that’s not all.
The robots also know how to communicate with other BionicANTs before they coordinate themselves to solve complex problems. This is the first time this has been put to the test in the robotic world. BionicANTs have been carefully designed to create little resistance, meaning they are almost entirely wear-resistant and waterproof.
The flic-flac spider has kept many people amused over the years. It lives in the deserts of Morocco where the spider rolls into a ball and cartwheels away whenever it feels it’s in danger.
Amazingly, the flic-flac spider can move twice as fast over the even terrain when it’s in a cartwheel than when it’s walking.
This was the perfect inspiration for the BionicWheelBot. The robot has been designed to learn when to change between walking and rolling at the drop of a hat. Not only can it move faster as a result, but the BionicWheelBot can also traverse more challenging terrain.
Eelume was created by a Norwegian robotics company who wanted to work on a robot that would be perfect for the underwater world. It has been designed to look a little like a serpent, meaning Eelume can quickly move through the water.
Here, it can repair irrigation tubes and deep-sea cables that might be too far down for submarines or divers.
While Eelume might have a good reason to take to the water, there seems to be little reason as to why the first prototype of the robot was painted black with glowing red eyes. It might not be long before these deep-sea robots are heading out all over the world.
Many great minds, including a team from Boston Dynamics, have come together to create RiSE – a robot that is capable of climbing up skyscrapers just like an insect.
The group wanted to create a robot that could walk on land before climbing up a vertical surface.
The robot has six feet that are all covered in microclaws. These allow it to grip to almost any surface. RiSE has also been designed to bend and curve with the texture of the surface and even has a long tail to help keep its balance while climbing. The various sensors on its body mean that RiSE quickly learns all it needs to about the terrain.
This robot might have four wheels, but the Sand Flea has incredible power lurking beneath the surface. It drives just like a remote-controlled car when it’s on the flat. That is until there’s an obstacle in the way.
Here, the Sand Flea can jump over 32 feet into the air to clear almost anything that stands in its way.
This means it can clear a wall, land on the roof of a home, jump into a second-story window, and even jump up stairs. The wheels are fitted with gyros to make sure the Sand Flea stays level throughout its flight and can jump up to 25 times on one charge.
Osaka University in Japan are the ones behind CB2. However, it is now one of the most terrifying robots in the world, thanks to its thirst for knowledge.
The team wanted to see if they could create a machine that knew how to learn. They thought they could teach it language, just like humans do for infants.
It didn’t stop there. CB2 soon learned how to copy human movements and is thought to have the same capabilities as a two-year-old child. It has cameras in its eyes to help process information as well as sensors under the skin to detect touch.
There is creating a robot, and then there’s creating one that weighs just over one pound.
The BionicFlyingFox gets its name from the bat of the same name, and measures in at over two-foot-long with a wingspan of almost seven-and-a-half-feet.
The membrane of the wings has been specially designed so that it’s ultra-thin and lightweight to help when it’s flying through the air. The BionicFlyingFox is autonomous as it flies through the air. However, it still needs some help to take off and land. Every flight helps the robot to learn new information that means it’s better at flying each time.
This is one of the smaller robots on the market, but its size doesn’t mean that Spot is lacking in any departments.
In fact, the robot has been designed to be more versatile, faster, and better in smaller spaces and varied terrain than any of the other robots that have come before it.
Spot knows how to climb stairs as Boston Dynamics hope that it can be used outdoors, in offices, and around the home. The robot also knows how to balance itself and get back up after being knocked over. Its versatility means the company hopes it could one day be used by people everywhere.
Handle is one of Boston Dynamics’ most ambitious robots as it makes use of both four legs and two legs on wheels. It has been designed to be agile as well as having the ability to lift objects.
When it’s standing on its two back legs, Handle measures at over six-and-a-half-feet tall and can travel up to 9 mph.
Thankfully, it’s strength means that Handle can move objects that weigh more than 30 pounds. The creators hope that it will be perfect in warehouses as it can unload trucks, move boxes, and build pallets. However, even the designers have said that Handle is the thing of nightmares.
Some robots have been designed to be as terrifying as possible. It appears that Female Figure is no exception. The robot is a life-size creation of a woman that wears a white dress.
However, it’s the goblin bird-like mask that has been covered with dirt that has disturbed many people.
Female Figure has been programmed to sing and dance to pop songs whenever it’s in front of the mirror. It has also been equipped with facial recognition software that means Female Figure can make eye contact with people in the room while blurting out phrases spoken by the creator, Jordan Wolfson, himself.
BigDog is funded by the military who wanted a new robot by their side. Thankfully, Boston Dynamics was there to step up to the plate.
The company built a robot that is now around the size of a mule and can carry around 100 pounds. It wasn’t just the impressive stats that left people in awe.
It was the first time that Boston Dynamics had made a four-legged robot. This meant that BigDog could navigate uneven terrain in ways that a robot with wheels would have struggled. BigDog was just the beginning. The design of the robot helped to influence many future robots that have since graced the world.
Cheetah 3 is more than just an impressive robot. It has been designed to climb stairs, run across any terrain, and leap more than 30 inches into the air.
The coolest part? It does all of this without any cameras or external sensors. Yes, that means Cheetah 3 is entirely blind.
MIT is behind the robot, and the group admit they hope to add sensors to their creation in the future. However, the fact that it can adapt to its terrain and detect things in the way without them means it could be perfect for environments that need more than just vision. Its ability to pull itself back up makes the Cheetah 3 almost unstoppable.
The Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System, also known as MAARS, is an impressive unmanned robot, but its creation has sparked a lot of debate all around the world.
The robot was designed for the military as it can be remote controlled. It also has day and night cameras alongside satellite tracking systems.
However, it’s the robot’s hostile fire detection system and the weapons it carries that have come into questioning. People worry that using robots to fight in wars could be unethical. For now, MAARS works like a miniature tank that travels alongside the forces, but it could one day be all on its own on the front lines.
A humanoid terminator might not be as far into the future as we believed thanks to the creation of Method-2. The robot is the first piloted machine that walks on two legs.
It weighs around 1.6 tons and stands at a whopping 13 feet tall. It is still contained in South Korea in a testing facility as there are a lot of kinks to iron out before it can make it to the real-world.
However, the team hopes that it will eventually be able to walk and move around without the help of a safety harness. One day, Method-2 could be used to patrol borders and work in unsafe areas.
Super Monster Wolf
Why name something the Super Monster Wolf unless you want to terrify people, right? Wolves were hunted to extinction across Japan back in the 19th century.
However, a lack of the animals meant that other crop-eating creatures have started to take over.
Many have debated about reintroducing wolves to the wild, but it looks as though the Super Monster Wolf could have things under control. It is solar-powered and covered in fur with glowing red eyes. The robot can swivel its head to emit loud snarls, howls, the sound of human voices, and even gunfire to scare off any unwanted animals.
This robot is so human-like that many have confused it for a real person at first glance. Actroid-F was created by Hiroshi Ishiguro working at Osaka University in Japan.
The idea came after Geminoid was created as Hiroshi wanted a robot that looked more life-like than ever.
Now, Actroid-F is known as just that. The robot can breathe, blink, and mimic any kind of movement. In fact, it has even used a webcam to watch a person before recreating the same moves itself. It’s thought that the robot could help families to feel as though their loved one is in the room rather than talking on a webcam across the world.
It seems as though there’s no rest for Boston Dynamics as the team have recently been working on Atlas. The robot has been designed on technology that was first showcased in PETMAN.
It is more balanced, can run, and can even do a backflip in ways that PETMAN could never imagine.
Atlas is one of the most human-like moving robots out there. It has been fitted with special technology to help it figure out how to cover all terrains as well as putting its strength to good use. All of those additions even means that Atlas can climb up on its own when the robot is knocked to the ground.
BigDog has been getting smaller and smaller over the years as SpotMini is now born, the robot is quieter than ever before as well as smaller and more suited to tight spaces.
However, the robot also comes fitted with a fifth arm that helps it get around homes and offices with ease.
It can pick things up as well as open handles. Boston Dynamics hope that the robot will be a great addition to any working environment as the cameras help it learn how to get around. It might not be long before many of us have a new assistant in the form of SpotMini.