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.
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.
Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.