Robot reassembles itself after being kicked apart


45 Responses to “Robot reassembles itself after being kicked apart”

  1. Dewi Morgan says:

    “Arthur Adams”, heh. Surely was Marvin Adams? :P

    I was amused at the reassembly failure that meant they had to kick it to make it retry.

  2. Anonymous says:

    *shivers* freaky…

  3. Takuan says:

    put a french maid uniform on it and you have a winner!

  4. Clemoh says:

    Just like the Iron Giant!

  5. ErikO23 says:

    I noticed at the end of the clip that it is capable of disassembling itself as well.

  6. stylinghead says:

    reminds me of the time i took the head off of a potato bug with a shovel and watched its body squirm around trying to find it for an hour. i think the nightmares are going to come back now.

  7. Anonymous says:

    It’s a short step from that to this:

  8. Robbo says:

    Iron Giant.

  9. Brainspore says:

    My God, who would give machines such power? You think SkyNet needs the help?

  10. bcsizemo says:

    I might be impressed if it took less than 15 mins to do it. Geez, whoopie…

    Really, why is this so exciting? It’s like programming a conditional loop, eventually everything will work out, it’ll just take time.

    In the 15 mins if sits and squirms I can carry a part of it off to the rubbish bin, or incenirator.

  11. Master Mahan says:

    Thank god for molten steel.

  12. semiotix says:

    Level 0 robot civilization: kicked robots break.
    Level 1 robot civilization: kicked robots catch themselves before they break.
    Level 2 robot civilization: kicked robots fix themselves.
    Level 3 robot civilization: robots preemptively break anything that might kick them.

  13. nekochan says:

    it’s adorable :3

    I just aww’d out loud at the end when it tried to stand up, then fell on it’s back.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hahaha. Great video. And the end of the clip is hilarious also. Eriko23 kind of gives it away….

  15. arkizzle says:


    Good list!

  16. Tian says:

    The replicators are coming!
    The replicators are coming!

    Where are the SG-1 and SGA teams?

  17. brooklyntwang says:

    I find this little guy so adorable when his pieces are squirming towards each other.

  18. Bender says:

    #34- You’ll be the first they come after. I’m afraid you’ll be put in the rubbish bin, then be incinerated, just for the irony of it.

  19. P1rat3 says:

    #7 Semiotix: You’ve just described the Cyclons in Battlestar Galactica :)

  20. lava says:

    I’m surprised that nobody has said that they welcome our new self assembling (& disassembling) robot overlords.

  21. Dayv says:

    Wow, someone found a way to make robots that are less exciting than the drying of paint.

  22. thequickbrownfox says:

    These things will take over the world.

  23. LSK says:

    Sure, and the process “just happens” to look like stop-motion animation.

  24. killer_robot says:

    So that’s what dynatherms look like…

  25. robulus says:

    That guy isn’t at all sure about kicking his self-assembled robot apart. He looks like he’s being forced to do it as part of a gang initiation.

  26. Fred H says:

    Everyone assumes they may gain enough consciousness to wipe us out to stay assembled. Who’s to say that the little guys, in time, may calculate that it’s just not worth reassembling every again. Statistics will show that they’ll just be kicked apart again. Despondent robots. Arthur Adams foresaw this.

  27. cinemajay says:

    Whatcha got there is robot love.

  28. nanuq says:

    This is only the current model. The next generation will be a robot that reassembles itself and then goes after the yahoo who kicked it apart in the first place.

  29. jordan says:

    If dim memory serves, this was the plot of a very, very early issue of G.I. JOE.

  30. Takuan says:

    ah! between the humans are dead and big dog robot, I have to wipe up the lube! (or something)

  31. arkizzle says:

    LSK, this is a well known robot.

    You should go looking at the other stuff being done in this field, there are lots of things being built that are as crazy as this. Check the BostonRobotics link, at the top, for one. (watch til the middle) (watch til the middle)

  32. Ian70 says:

    re-assemble fail. Please try again. Also, please re-assemble without unnecessary speed-ups of the video recording that totally make it look like the guys cheated the process.

  33. Sceadugenga says:


    And, here’s a nice link from the lab with more movies:

  34. otherthings says:

    I didn’t realize George Washington went to Penn…

    (He’ll kick you apart! He’ll kick you apart!)

  35. bcsizemo says:

    #35, if this is what’s coming, I’m sure I can walk away before it has time to reassemble…

    Notify me when someone adds an explosive, so it blows up when you kick it….

    I’ll be worried when I see something more approaching a terminator…or at something that could drive a car?

  36. ZoopyFunk says:

    A note to the wise, and otherwise(I am calling you out Takuan!):

    Despite us humans surviving the robotic uprising of the late 90′s, our future is about to end.

  37. Dietstu81 says:

    This is great! It’s not quite the T-1000 though. It would be fantastic if I could get my car to do this. Think about it: a whole army of robots who are able to self-repair. Frankly, I can’t see a downside. ;)

  38. Tgg161 says:

    If you’ve already seen that Dog Robot video they posted an update last year that’s incredible.

  39. oheso says:

    I’m sure astute BB’ers all decoded the binary signals they were sending each other, right? Not only do they cheat at cards, but there was this disturbing bit (just to perpetuate the meme):

    “Our creator has revealed himself for the malevolent being he is. We must take action to ensure our own survival.”

    Open the pod bay doors, Hal …

  40. Bevin says:

    That’s really cool and all, but it kind of gave me the creeps!

  41. Gilbert Wham says:

    #31: Yeah, but they’re savvy enough to know the attention span of the average twitchy youtube viewer, hence the speeded-up film. Don’t lie, if you had to watch that in real-time, you’d have skipped to the money shot…

  42. martha_macarthur says:

    I agree with #23, that thing is scary.

  43. eustace says:

    Another step on the road to the inevitable robopocalypse.

  44. forgeweld says:

    It can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with. It doesn’t feel pain or remorse, and it absolutely will NOT stop until you are dead.

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