As brilliant as many successful AI & robotics developers are, robots often lack aesthetic value. A recent robot debut revealed such a hideous design that I felt compelled to write up a summary of the world’s ugliest robots. So in short, this post has nothing to do with the brilliant technologies behind some of these robots — just their pretty (or not) little faces.
5. NeCoRo the Robotic Cat
If cats had facelifts, they’d look like NeCoRo.
4. Muu Socia 3.0
This one was created to “improve doctor and patient relations”.
The funny thing is that aside from the raindrop shell, the robot’s pretty cool. The eye is awesome. If it were my call, I’d simply remove the goo:
Here’s the only video (WMV) I could find. Shows the Muu being abused by covering up its eye.
3. Breazeal’s Kismet
Developed by Cynthia Breazeal at MIT, Kismet is perhaps one of the most frequently mentioned robots with regards to simulated emotions and emotional expression. Note: Kismet isn’t pretty, but Cynthia is.
2. WowWee’s Chimpanzee
This has to be one of the ugliest robots I’ve ever come across. I’m guessing the idea for it was born on the same acid trip weekend adventure as the Elvis robot. Sure, it’s a toy … for children from hell.
1. Probo … for children
Meet the robot that inspired me to write this post. This new robot, Probo, is funded by a Mr. Bill Gates and is intended to serve as a huggable companion for hospitalized children. (Haven’t the children suffered enough?)
Links & References
- Muu Socia image credit and reference
- Probo image credit and reference
- Kismet image CC Jared C. Benedict