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Rise of the Machines
Whether or not you welcome our future robot overlords, there are some pretty bizarre machines that are already strutting their stuff. From a robotic snake that can slither or swim, to a giant Transformers-style contraption with "machine guns" for arms, here are some of the strangest robots that have ever been created.
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The ACM-R5 is a snakelike robot that can crawl around on dry ground or swim through water. The amphibious bot, created by Japanese company HiBot, is equal parts fascinating and terrifying as it deftly twists and turns underwater.Slide 3 of 13
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In the world of robotics, some inventions are stranger than fiction. The massive Kurata robot could easily be mistaken for the made-believe machines in such Hollywood blockbusters as "Transformers" and "Real Steel."
The Japanese robot, made by Suidobashi Heavy Industry, stands a menacing 13-feet-tall (4 meters), and is equipped with "machine guns" and "rocket launchers" in its arms (they're actually BB Guns and fireworks, which are still dangerous). These huge humanoid machines can be piloted manually from a cockpit inside the robot, or they can be controlled remotely using a smartphone.
Want your very own Kurata robot? These custom-built machines can be purchased for more than $1.35 million.Slide 5 of 13
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French company Aldebaran Robotics, headquartered in Paris, developed an autonomous and programmable robot named Nao. This interactive bot is equipped with cutting-edge motion, vision and audio capabilities.
The Nao robot can walk on different surfaces, track and recognize faces and objects, express and understand emotions, and react to touch or voice commands. And if that's not enough, the robot can also do the Gangnam Style dance (yes, really).Slide 7 of 13
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