Telenoid R1

Robotics is an exponentially growing field — but that doesn't mean its creations are all sunshine and rainbows. In fact, we're pretty sure some of them want to steal our souls.

The Telenoid R1 was created as a telepresence bot — one that was specifically designed to make your long-distance communications more personal by sticking a human face on it. We think it, um, still has a ways to go.

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Patient Simulators

The robotic "patients" used in Sydney Royal North Shore Hospital's training programs are great; it means medical staff members aren't practising on a live patient. But that doesn't mean they're not as creepy as heck.

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Alpha Dog

We can appreciate that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a need for something that can carry a lot of weight over difficult terrain; but does it really have to move so much like something out of Silent Hill?

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Cheetah

And if Alpha Dog wasn't bad enough, here's one that could outrun every human alive. Your best hope is to hide and hope it can't see you.

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Pet-Proto

No, that's it. It's all over. We're done for.

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Diego-san

Diego-san has a purpose: helping researchers learn about human cognitive development. But watching his frubber face run through a gamut of expressions while attached to a robo-skeleton makes it look like they've just stuck a baby's head on a heap of metal. Also, the thought of robots with feelings? Noooo. What if they decide their feelings are that they hate us?

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Animatronic Predator head

Once you get into the animatronic showreel section of YouTube, you start to see some really creepy stuff. Take a look at how the Predator's metal skeleton moves without skin over the top. Urk.

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The animatronics of Gustav Hoegen

Mind you, with the skin on, it's not much better. Those repeated, twitching expressions — something Gustav Hoegen excels at — made more unnerving because they're so lifelike, make our skins crawl.

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Robot head

We can't decide which version of this robot head prototype by A2Z Concepts is worst: the one without skin ... or the one with.

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Showa Hanako

Much like hospital training, several universities in Japan are using a robot to help train dental students. Showa Hanako can move and react like a real dental patient, coughing, squirming, even choking. The strangest part, though, is that she was designed with the help of Orient Industry — a manufacturer of "love dolls".

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Robot Mouth

Kagawa University's robot mouth was designed to help study the way the human head produces sound. It has an artificial throat, tongue and nasal cavity. It sounds like a soul in purgatory.

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Animatronic baby

If you watched Gustav Hoegen's showreel above, you'd have caught a brief glimpse of this one, created during Hoegen's time at Millennium FX. All we can say is: why?

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