10 Awesome Videos of Actual Robots Dancing

The internet is awash in robot dance videos, that is, people attempting to dance like robots. Often lost in Google searches are the true gems: videos of actual robots attempting to dance like people. Here is an entirely subjective top ten list of various efforts to program machines to shake it. 


10. NASA Rover



Starring: NASA's ATHLETE Rover, aka All-Terrain Hex-Legged Extra-Terrestrial Explorer 
Courtesy of: NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Internet Archive
Claim to Fame: ATHLETE is being developed for lunar exploration, and can both walk and roll. [Insert moonwalk joke here.] 

9. DIY Dancebot



Starring: BeatBots' Spazzi
Courtesy of: BeatBots and MAKE Magazine
Claim to Fame: You can make your own Spazzi with parts printed by a 3D printer. 


8. Slow Dance



Starring: HiTEC's RoboNova-1
Courtesy of: HiTEC, Internet Archive
Claim to Fame: RoboNova-1 can also breakdance


7. Android Hack



Starring: Google's Android figure (hacked with new mechanical components) 
Courtesy of: Carsten Avenhaus


6. Bhangra Robot



Starring: Kondo's KHR-2HV
Courtesy of: YouTube user fuzzyviv


5. Robot Pop Star





4. Breakdancing Robot



Courtesy of: Dr. GIY
Claim to Fame: Manoi GO also performed at the 6th Robo-One Gate Dance Competition


3. K-Pop Robots



Starring: From the logos, it seems these robots are by a lab at KUT, Korea University of Technology.  
Courtesy of: Yongchul Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology 
Claim to Fame: These robots do their best imitation of the Wonder Girls' actual moves


2. Music Video: Beck's "Hell Yes" 



Starring: Sony's Dream Robot, aka QRIO
Courtesy of: Interscope 


1. Music Video: Spoon's "Don't You Evah" 



Starring: BeatBots' Keepon

BeatBots' Keepon, designed by Marek Michalowski and Hideki Kozima, wins for being the most expressive and fluid dancer of the bunch. Because dancing isn't about elaborate moves; it's about style and rhythm, and looking adorable doesn't hurt either.

If you see any amazing robot dance videos missing from this list, please add them in the comments. 

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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