Today In Creepy Robots [VIDEO]

Holy crap. Wait for it to jump. From the clip description:

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4​ ​feet vertically. ​It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. ​​​Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles​ found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.

  • zhera

    No no, nothing scary or creepy about that! /s

    I have to go and hide under my bed now.

    • geoffalnutt

      Don’t go THERE!!! It’s where the monsters live!!!!!

    • Latebrosus

      I found it rather kawaii. But where was the hot (but abusive) beardo?

  • Michael R

    It’s right behind me , isn’t it ?

  • Ernest Endevor

    But can it bark and shit on the carpet?

    • JohnJay

      Well, they also made Spot and MiniSpot…

      • Bj Lincoln

        I want one! It plays, can be trusted to stay in the yard, does chores and does NOT shit all over the lawn! I would miss the fur but that can be fixed.
        Honey! Will you buy me one of these. Please…pretty please.
        (She just smiles and rolls her eyes.)

        • sfbob

          But will it jump on the bed in the middle of the night and wake you up?

  • John L

    Think that one’s creepy?! Check out “Atlas, the Next Generation.” I was waiting for the bot to retaliate while the engineer was testing his balance.

    • John L
      • OK, Petman is the only one of these I find truly creepy because they’ve attempted to make it look like a person. The others are disconcerting because of their lack of a discernible front or back or because the movements are so completely non-human. But this guy is actually creepy!

    • Joe in PA

      Spaceman Spif! Is that a transmorghifyer in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

    • Lakeview Bob

      After a few minutes this starts to mess with your head. It almost started to seem human and I wanted to smack the guy for knocking it down.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    KellyAnne’s replacement?

    • kcken

      Pretty sure that robot has more honesty that KellySpam…

    • clay

      hmmmm, Trump or T-800 Model 101, which is worse?

    • fuow

      Too life-like. Not scary enough. Everybody would see the differences between them immediately.

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        Dat true!

    • KarenAtFOH

      Not until it can kneel on a couch.

  • kcken

    All those Sci-Fi books i read years back about the impending takeover by either robots, or hostile gov’ts using technology to the same effect… not so futuristic now.

    • fuow

      Only be hostile if we continue not to vote, letting the rethugs make the future with this set of technologies.

  • kanehau

    Creepy? No. Amazing? Yes!

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    Not bad.
    Let’s see it do that in 6″ stillettos.

    • fuow

      Or with a unicorn’s horn.

  • Disqusdmnj

    That last freeze reminds me of the ending of half of all 80’s TV shows and movies.

  • Dirty Harry

    Creepy trick. Proteus the robot has a eye on some guys wife & commits adultery.

    • Bluto

      That’s when we’ll be in trouble, when the robots become horny.
      ummm, is anyone working on a Ben Cohen robot?

      • fuow

        I’d take one. Or two. Oh, hell, much prefer legions of him than that creeping type from the Will Smith movie.
        Yum. Especially now that we know what he’s packing (however unfortunate the circumstances of the situation).

      • I am Bender. Please insert girder.

    • Statistics Palin

      The Robo-cock looks pretty sinister.

    • Marti386

      Despite the exploitational premise (computer kidnaps woman and impregnates her), this movie was very well done and extremely effective. Plus, it covered subjects like smart houses decades before they were a thing.

      Plus, extra bonus points for Robert Vaughn as the super creepy voice of Proteus IV.

  • fuow

    Cool! I know there will be the usual run of how awful this is, etc.
    Saw the same nonsense from clueless people about computers 40 years ago.
    Just – we’re seeing the technology which will displace a lot within the next five to ten years. Instead of screaming and yelling, we need to be embracing and figuring out how to make this an asset for all of us.
    And now, back to the oh-my-gods-how dreadful crowd in 3-2-1.

  • “Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” ~ Dr. Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

    And yet, HBO’s Westworld is my current obsession. Go figger.

  • Treant

    This one doesn’t bother me at all, the movements are very machine-like and not at all human.

    So zero on the creepy scale…but 10 on the Technological Marvel scale!

    • Adam King

      I disagree. It looks like a creepy humanoid monster roller-skating around with its arms on backward. Ugh!

  • Superman

    When robots and machines talk it freaks me out. I have a new, big tv and two new iPhone 7s this winter. When I put the iPhones on the coffee table they hear the tv and the Siris respond to it, a lot, and say the darnedest things. I have both Siris programmed for male voices, one British and one Australian. Even when I’m alone it sounds like a cocktail party.

    • Bj Lincoln

      We have the same issue with one of our phones plus our Xbox. The sound on the TV sometimes turns on the voice command on the Xbox. It has changed channels, started games and switched to music in the middle of watching something.

      • canoebum

        Find a copy of the Robert Sheckley short story “Can you feel anything when I do this?”.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      My Australian Siri has been cranky and mean spirited lately.

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  • B&E

    Super awesome and freaking scary at the same time. I predict humanity will begin to integrate more fully with technology over the next 100 years.

  • Acronym Jim

    Could you imagine being in an office that shares a parking lot with Boston Dynamics?

    Months of boredom punctuated by moments of wondrous terror.

    • CharlestonDave

      Gotta wonder, do they have a fence around that farm?

    • m_lp_ql_m

      I doubt most car insurance plans cover robot accidents.

  • Piona O.

    Will it hunt down Trump and kill him? Cause that would be cool to watch.

    • TexasBoy

      It could be like on of those creation from GD in Eureka, they always had issues, and people got hurt or killed.

  • Fifth-and-a-Half Element

    I for one welcome our robot overlords.

  • Mark

    Why did that last jump remind me of Aaron Schmuck?

  • nocadrummer

    Arnold Schwarzenegger better watch out. This one seems as natural an actor as he is.

  • another_steve

    Oy. If I had one, I’d never have to schlep out for the mail again.

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  • bambinoitaliano

    I swear to you we are looking at our future caretaker in the senior homes. Take your medication or you will be pulverize! Better make a pack to snuff out each other with a pillow now.

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  • pj

    guess the republicans will be able to have all the wars they want with their new robot army

  • Oh, Parker

    Behold, rust belt workers. Your future has arrived, and it has nothing to do with “illegals.”

  • shivadog

    I want something like this that you can ride like a motorcycle. Or something to carry my gear when I am backpacking. (and carry back any cool rocks I find)

  • Professor Barnhardt

    Imagine that you are quadriplegic, and the day finally arrives that these robots become wearable. You’ll be able to do again the things you always used to take for granted.

  • JCF

    No coincidence it’s being shown in a warehouse: Amazon employees, this thing is taking your jobs next…

  • Robert Anthony

    Bad-bots bad-bots… whatchagonnado, whatchagonnado when they come for you?