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
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
8. Slow Dance
Starring: HiTEC's RoboNova-1
7. Android Hack
Starring: Google's Android figure (hacked with new mechanical components)
5. Robot Pop Star
4. Breakdancing Robot
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
2. Music Video: Beck's "Hell Yes"
Starring: Sony's Dream Robot, aka QRIO
1. Music Video: Spoon's "Don't You Evah"
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.