Robots that are Shitty
November 22, 2015 5:28 AM   Subscribe

Reddit has a section devoted to robots that are shitty.

This is not about Japanese toilets, or robots that have feces on them. It is just broken, or ineffective, or otherwise "shitty" robots.

Here are some recent highlights:

A robot mouth that is not very successfully learning to talk.
A robot in a battle/competition that gets hoist on its own petard.
Ineffective nail hammerer.

There's plenty more, poke around. This is part of the larger "shitty network" on Reddit - Shitty Car Mods, Shitty Watercolour, Shitty Kickstarters... whatever you are into, there are curators collecting the shittiest stuff for you.
posted by Meatbomb (30 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oh and I forgot the cheese tower robot, wait for the end.
posted by Meatbomb at 5:32 AM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


Here I am, brain the size of a planet...
posted by adept256 at 5:42 AM on November 22, 2015 [10 favorites]


There was a great age of invention around the mid 1800's through the 1940's/50s. The hardware, machined steel, bolts, small electrical and gas engines were available and small factories could work economically. My Grandfather built amazing custom systems for the sorting of daffodil bulbs for instance (omfg I wish I had videos).

We just may be entering the age of small custom devices that are actually useful. Big runs like the Roomba and small one or a few custom bots that are not hundreds of thousands of dollars but economically feasible for a particular use. Should be an amusing period of wacky inventors!
posted by sammyo at 6:12 AM on November 22, 2015


The tinderizer is amazing and is exactly what I imagine is on the other side of most social media interactions.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:22 AM on November 22, 2015 [15 favorites]


Is Crichton from the second season of Buck Rogers in there?
Because Crichton.
posted by blueberry at 6:23 AM on November 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


Poor robots are trying their best, and here we are calling them names. I am sorry, robots. I appreciate your robotic efforts.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 6:23 AM on November 22, 2015 [11 favorites]


Okay, one of those robots is decidedly NSFW—an animated GIF I mistakenly opened here at a restaurant...
posted by blueberry at 6:32 AM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


As always, Japan takes this to the next level: HEBOCON: The battle of the crappiest robots
posted by phatkitten at 6:46 AM on November 22, 2015 [5 favorites]


The Breakfast Machine
posted by Foci for Analysis at 6:55 AM on November 22, 2015 [12 favorites]




Feed me a cracker, robot.
posted by benito.strauss at 7:57 AM on November 22, 2015 [3 favorites]




I am sorry, robots. I appreciate your robotic efforts.

Someone is kissing up before the singularity.
posted by drezdn at 8:15 AM on November 22, 2015 [12 favorites]


I worked with Nao in college, as part of a robot soccer team and let me tell you. Bipedal motion is rough.
posted by KernalM at 8:17 AM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


shitty shifty robot
posted by postcommunism at 8:24 AM on November 22, 2015 [4 favorites]


I also enjoy this subreddit for normal humans who are totally not robots.
posted by Countess Elena at 9:01 AM on November 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


www.reddit.com/r/botrights
posted by disclaimer at 9:23 AM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


My favorite has got to be the tooth brushing helmet. It was so great, or, er shitty that Vice did an entire piece on its creator, Simone Giertz.
posted by fragmede at 9:44 AM on November 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


Put 25 of those robot mouths in a room with the volume on high, then try to have a conversation with another person. It's Twitter!
posted by ctmf at 10:54 AM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


'Robogut' Makes Synthetic Poop To Treat Stubborn Infections
posted by adept256 at 7:00 AM on November 22
[1 favorite −] Favorite added! [!]
Eponysterical!
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 11:37 AM on November 22, 2015


DARPA robots falling down.
posted by mr.ersatz at 2:52 PM on November 22, 2015


As a carpenter, I find this very reassuring in terms of job security.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 3:18 PM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


These. Make. Me. So. Haaaaaappppp[falls over]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:19 PM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


Also, that Tinder-bot is the most hilariously obscene thing I've ever seen. It's perfect. It's the apotheosis of social media.
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The at 5:39 PM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


I found the cheese tower robot video before checking the comments. I was all about to praise its non-shitty construction skills — look at those perfect swirls! — and then the program just ended abruptly and everything turned into a pile of sadness and nitrogen cheese farts.
posted by Rhomboid at 5:50 PM on November 22, 2015 [2 favorites]


This robot will be over here practicing it's stabbing

HAH

HAHAAAH
posted by Reyturner at 8:06 PM on November 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


i laughed so hard at robot mouth i scared a man and three cats

but then i read some of the comments and felt bad for it. It's doing its best; no need to compare it to a Fleshlight.
posted by angrycat at 4:42 AM on November 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


Okay, one of those robots is decidedly NSFW—an animated GIF I mistakenly opened here at a restaurant...

And you're going to make us click through all the links ourselves to find it?
posted by ultraviolet catastrophe at 4:46 AM on November 23, 2015 [1 favorite]


there's a robot that dials into my workplace every so often. every time i answer there's a brief pause before it simply says, "I'm sorry, I'm having problems right now. Goodbye."

i like to think that's its actual intended purpose because to be honest I think it's rather charming. I hope it's ok though. i think about that robot a lot.
posted by suddenly, and without warning, at 6:51 AM on November 23, 2015 [6 favorites]


I had the same reaction to the cheese tower: "why this is just fine, actually almost perfect ... oh dear ...... oh dear, oh dear". I immediately thought about writing a beautiful C++ template but forgetting that one last closing delimiter, and now, in the compiler's eyes, it's no better than "lkasjdf;ja;sdflkjsad;lfksjdf" and you get 5,000 lines of error messages.
posted by benito.strauss at 8:57 AM on November 23, 2015 [2 favorites]


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