10 Awesome Videos of Actual Robots Dancing

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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. 

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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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