Robots dance the Nutcracker Suite

Jenise sez, "I work for Kiva Systems, a small robotics company in Woburn, MA, and the bots are amazingly fun to watch. A few years ago, one of our interns shot this video of the bots dancing to the Nutcracker Suite, and I thought it would tickle your ample sense of whimsy."

Ample whimsy: tickled.

(Aside: Whenever I hear the Nutcracker Suite, my stupid brain insists on supplying the lyrics from the "Smurfberry Crunch" breakfast cereal ad: "Smurfberry Crunch is fun to eat/A Smurfy fruity breakfast treat/Made with crunchy strawberries/They taste so sweet and [garbled]/Very fresh and very true/And very very Smurfy blue!")

(Bloody Smurfs.)

The Nutcracker performed by Dancing Kiva Order Fulfillment Robots (Thanks, Jenise!)

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  1. Cory, I too have been cursed with the overlay of the Smurfberry Crunch lyrics on that portion of the Nutcracker Suite. Thank you for sharing in my affliction.

  2. These little robots are really cool and do more than. IEEE filmed this little demo:

    I think I need some for the garage.

  3. Reminiscing Win!

    Forgive me for offering a correction to the middle 2 lines as per my memory:

    Smurberry crunch is fun to eat
    A Smurfy fruity breakfast treat
    They’re made by smurfs so happily
    They taste like crunchy Smurfberries
    Thy’re Very fresh and crispy too
    And very very Smurfy blue

    Here is the vid:

    I am not proud of the amount of times I have sung this song, or its unalterable connection to the Nutcracker Suite.

    People of post cereal I hope you are listening. The happy mutants remember that “Smurfbery Crunch is a very murfy part of this nutritious breakfast”

    I suppose I should actually watch the video now….

    1. Further research has turned up a correction to the last 2 lines:

      “It’s berry shaped and crispy too,
      In berry red and Smurfy blue.”

      It saddens me to thing of what I could have done with time instead of looking up lyrics for a cereal commercial that ran in the 80s. Time management fail.

    2. No, no, no the third line is

      They’re made *out of* smurfs so happily

      That’s what makes them so crunchy.

  4. I’m not quite sure how to put this. Where I come from the future is bleak and Skynet must be taken down.
    If you have a Roomba®, Please destroy it NOW!

  5. Having seen these robots and knowing that they carry shelves I was hoping to see them dancing while carrying shelves at some point. Good robot choreography all the same and I enjoyed watching.

  6. Forgive me for offering a correction to the middle 2 lines as per my memory:

    Smurberry crunch is fun to eat
    A Smurfy fruity breakfast treat
    They’re made by smurfs so happily
    They taste like crunchy Smurfberries
    Thy’re Very fresh and crispy too
    And very very Smurfy blue

    Here is the vid:

    I am not proud of the amount of times I have sung this song, or its unalterable connection to the Nutcracker Suite.

    People of post cereal I hope you are listening. The happy mutants remember that “Smurfbery Crunch is a very murfy part of this nutritious breakfast”

    I suppose I should actually watch the video now….

  7. Damn you, Cory, for infecting with your Smurfberry Brainworm!! (Which, BTW, is the name of my next band.)

  8. I’m so glad there are other people in the world who think of Smurfberry Crunch when they hear this song. Mention of it is usually followed by blank stares and “Smurfs had a cereal?!”.

  9. Kudos to Mr. Doctorow for ruining, for me, a perfectly nice bit of Tchaikovsky.

    Wretched Smurfs.

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