Four Frightening (and Real) Robots

  • April 15, 2010
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The CB2

Japan is at the forefront of robot technology. Over the years the country has been able to construct robots that can play trumpet, carry the elderly down a flight of stairs, tumble down a flight of stairs or even ride a bike before doing absolutely nothing else of merit. Once you've nailed all the basics, it's only natural that you'd get a little weird and well, when in Rome, build automaton babies.

the cb2

The CB2 was built to mimic child learning with the hopes to better understand child development. Supposedly, the CB2 was modeled after a one-year old baby but that has to be a lie. If there's a one-year old human being that big and that horribly pale somewhere on this planet, then someone needs to form a crack team of ex- U.S. Special Forces turned mercenaries to send it back to God before it can learn to properly walk and bring society to its knees.

CB2 is capable of performing basic functions mimicking that of a toddler. Its skin, however, is a white putty. That's pretty much all the evidence anyone needs to prove that this thing was actually built by David Lynch, because a three foot tall baby made of white putty that simply rolls around all day screaming is the sort of stuff that turns happy, God-fearing people to suicide. You simply can't unsee it.

At some point, CB2 won't be nearly as creepy, but that's only because Japan will out-do itself in the world of abstract nightmare robotics. In fact, they already did.



Japan is prone to earthquakes. Cleaning up the rubble and repairing the damage done after such an event can be taxing on both funding and man hours. So, why not just build a bunch of robots to do it for you? Oh yeah, because it's absolutely terrifying, that's why.

But alas, we are too late. Robokiyu was introduced to the world sometime in 2008. It's often referred to as a rescue bot as its primary functions are to locate those injured after an earthquake and to clear rubble. At first glance it doesn't look all that terrifying:


No killer sunglasses and no soulless baby face. Instead, Robokiyu grabs the bodies of those presumed dead and stuffs them inside of itself. Try to imagine that scenario: an earthquake literally rocks your world. Your home is destroyed and you're left to die trapped beneath the rubble. Just as you think your about to shuffle off this mortal coil you see sunlight as the cold, mechanical hands begin to unearth you from the rubble. Oh, you think, its just Robokiyu. Thank goodness! Once you're finally free you wonder how to go about thanking a robot. Then Robokiyu's tiny robot pincers grab you by the collar as it shouts “CORPSE. CORPSE. MUST CONSUME THE DEAD.” You try to explain to the machine that you aren't dead as his hands rush to force you into his bowels.

Should you find yourself living out this horrible nightmare, don't worry. The inside of the robot constantly cycles fresh air, allowing you to breath comfortably. Just try to keep that in mind as your lying on top of actual dead bodies and trying to scratch your way out of your mobile metal coffin.

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