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Top 100 Robot Trends of 2014

From Humongous Paintball Robots to Robotic Vehicle Valets

— January 3, 2015 — Tech
This collection of the most popular and innovative 2014 robot trends truly proves that the future is here. Even as a child reading sci-fi novels in the '90s, I never would've expected that it might be possible in my lifetime for me to sit at the helm of a two-storey tall paintball-hurling robotic beast. But this is just one of many robotic inventions that have arisen this year.

However, robots aren't all just about fun and games. The year past has seen some particularly encouraging and important robotic innovations in the medical field. Robots are being developed to assist in physiotherapy and help disabled patients into bed.

Robots are becoming increasingly niche and are being developed to replace a wide variety of traditionally human-controlled tasks, from bartending and pizza delivery to wildlife-monitoring and crime prevention.

For more on what the future holds in the world of robotics, check out Trend Hunter's Robots Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Coastline-Monitoring Drones
Coastline-Monitoring Drones
These Drones Will Detect Illegal Fishing on the Coast of Belize
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99
Autonomous Crocodile-Shaped Boats
Autonomous Crocodile-Shaped Boats
These Crocodile-Shaped Boats are Used to Study Hippopotamus Poop
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98
Robotic Solar Plant Janitors
Robotic Solar Plant Janitors
These Energy-Independent Robots Keep an Israeli Solar Plant Dust-Free
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97
Bionic Birds
Bionic Birds
The Bionic Bird's Flight is Controlled By Your Smartphone
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96
Dancing Robotic Lamps
Dancing Robotic Lamps
The Craft System Series by UM Project Circles a Maypole
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95
Realistic Reporting Robots
Realistic Reporting Robots
This Japanese Museum is Exhibiting a Lifelike Android Newscaster
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94
Cyclist-Tracking Robots
Cyclist-Tracking Robots
Radwende by Scholz & Volkmer Maps Out Need for Bike Routes
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93
Remote-Controlled Snow Shovelers
Remote-Controlled Snow Shovelers
The SuperDroid Robot RC Snow Plow Clears Driveways in the Winter
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92
Airplane-Inspecting Drones
Airplane-Inspecting Drones
These Quadcopters Will Be Used to Inspect easyJet Aircraft
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91
Nighttime Museum Roaming Robots
Nighttime Museum Roaming Robots
The IK Prize 2014 Winning Idea Will Bring Art to the World
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90
Ping Pong-Playing Robots
Ping Pong-Playing Robots
This Robot Can Engage In Long Ping Pong Rallies
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89
3D-Printed Sand Structures
3D-Printed Sand Structures
The Stone Spray Robot Organically Creates a Sand Bridge in the Desert
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88
Intercontinental Social Media Drones
Intercontinental Social Media Drones
This Facebook Drone Looks to Connect the World with Internet
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87
Hitchhiking Robots
Hitchhiking Robots
The hitchBOT Robot Will Try to Hitchhike Across Canada This Summer
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86
Cancer-Hunting Nanorobots
Cancer-Hunting Nanorobots
Nanorobots Could Be Able to Isolate and Destroy Cancerous Cells
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85
3D Robot Illustrations
3D Robot Illustrations
Steve Talkowski’s Graphic Robots Have a Lot of Fun
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84
Augmented Reality Makeup Mirrors
Augmented Reality Makeup Mirrors
ModiFace's Augmented Reality Mirror Debuted at CES 2014
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83
Search Engine Robot Concepts
Search Engine Robot Concepts
The Google Robot Army is Growing with the Future GoogleBot
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82
High-Beaming Car-Mounted Robots
High-Beaming Car-Mounted Robots
LuxBlaster by TechBitar Gives Drivers Taste of Their Own Medicine
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81
Humongous Paintball Robots
Humongous Paintball Robots
MegaBots Are Giant Robots That Hurl Paintballs At Each Other
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80
Computerizable Job Stats
Computerizable Job Stats
An Infographic Visualizes Oxford University Data on Job Automation
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79
Drone Footage Maps
Drone Footage Maps
TravelByDrone Uses Crowdsourced Drone-Captured Videos for Virtual Tourism
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78
Effortless Robot-Building Kits
Effortless Robot-Building Kits
The EZ Robot is a DIY Project That Doesn't Require an Engineer
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77
Robotic Cocktail Bartenders
Robotic Cocktail Bartenders
The Somabar Whips Up Fancy Cocktails So You Don't Have To
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76
Mini Car-Driving Robots
Mini Car-Driving Robots
The NAO Robot Can Drive a Miniature Electric Car
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75
Robotic Construction Kits
Robotic Construction Kits
Build Your Own Robot with This Construction Kit From CES 2014
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74
Fog-Clearing Drones
Fog-Clearing Drones
China Has Successfully Tested Drones to Help Clear the Extreme Fog
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73
Beer-Delivering Helicopters
Beer-Delivering Helicopters
This Beer Drone Delivers Directly to You Without You Having to Move
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72
Killer Whale-Monitoring Drones
Killer Whale-Monitoring Drones
Aerial Drones Are Being Used to Track Killer Whales
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71
Gecko-Like Robots
Gecko-Like Robots
Abigaille the Robot Has Sticky Pads on Its Feet Like a Reptile
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70
Self-Driving Trucks
Self-Driving Trucks
Daimler's Future Truck 2025 Project is Testing Autonomous Trucks
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69
DIY Robotics Kits
DIY Robotics Kits
This Soft Robotics Toolkit Lets You Build Soft Robots
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68
Robotic Arm Systems
Robotic Arm Systems
The Supernumerary Robotic Limbs Grants People a Couple Helping Hands
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67
Artificial Intelligence Home Consoles
Artificial Intelligence Home Consoles
The EmoSPARK by Emoshape Brings 'Her' Technology to Life
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66
Hybrid Land Helicopters
Hybrid Land Helicopters
The Black Knight Transformer Fuses a Helicopter with an Off-Road Vehicle
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65
Soccer-Oriented Exoskeletons
Soccer-Oriented Exoskeletons
The Walk Again Project Will Launch at the 2014 World Cup
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64
Weather-Predicting Underwater Drones
Weather-Predicting Underwater Drones
These Deep Sea Drones Will Help Predict Weather Better
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63
Robotic Necktie Devices
Robotic Necktie Devices
The Automatic Tie Tying Machine Helps Dapper Men Out
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62
Robotic Smartphone Companions
Robotic Smartphone Companions
The Romo Robot Introduces Kids to Programming in a Fun Way
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61
Self-Teaching Robots
Self-Teaching Robots
Robots Can Teach Other Robots How to Complete Tasks with the Robot Internet
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60
Inventory-Monitoring Drones
Inventory-Monitoring Drones
Fraunhofer's Flying Robots Will Simplify Inventory Administration
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59
Customer-Servicing Robots
Customer-Servicing Robots
This Robot Assistant is Developed to Help Customers in a Store
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58
Hackable Educational Robots
Hackable Educational Robots
The iRobot Create 2 Wants Students to Hack It
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57
Crime-Predicting Robots
Crime-Predicting Robots
Knightscope is a Police Robot That Predicts and Prevents Crime
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56
Humongous Remote-Controlled Helicopters
Humongous Remote-Controlled Helicopters
This RC Helicopter Takes the Cake for Biggest RC Vehicle
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55
Clothes-Refreshing Robots
Clothes-Refreshing Robots
Fabric Assistances is an Electrolux Design Lab Competition Entry
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54
Marine-Life Preserving Stations
Marine-Life Preserving Stations
The Electric Coral Reef Station by Margot Krasojevic Buffers Waves
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53
Sustainable Grass-Powered Lawnmowers
Sustainable Grass-Powered Lawnmowers
This Eco-Friendly Lawnmower Uses the Green to Stay Green
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52
Anti-Drone Warning Systems
Anti-Drone Warning Systems
The Personal Drone Detection System Takes Extra Measures Against Tech
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51
Hyperreal Android Newscasters
Hyperreal Android Newscasters
Hiroshi Ishiguro Created Life-Like Robots That Relay the News
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50
Foam-Spewing Quadcopters
Foam-Spewing Quadcopters
This Quadcopter Can Produce 3D-Printed Foam Structures While Flying
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49
Virtual Customer Service Reps
Virtual Customer Service Reps
This Artificial Intelligence Customer Service Tracks Emotions
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48
Feeling-Restoring Prosthetic Hands
Feeling-Restoring Prosthetic Hands
This Bionic Hand Restores the Feeling of Touch to Amputees
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47
Cocktail Making Machines
Cocktail Making Machines
This Party Robotics Bartender Robot Creates Perfectly Measured Cocktails
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46
Code-Teaching Robots
Code-Teaching Robots
The Kibo Robot Kit Teaches Programming Skills to Youth
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45
Robotic Bug Battle Toys
Robotic Bug Battle Toys
HEXBUG's Transformer Toys Celebrate Transformers: Age of Extinction
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44
Remote-Controlled Mops
Remote-Controlled Mops
The RC Sugoi Mop Lets You Kick Back and Relax as It Cleans Up Your House
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43
Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
The Dyson 360 Eye is the Most Advanced Robot Vacuum Cleaner Out There
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42
Capable Home Robots
Capable Home Robots
Luna is an Intelligent Robot Designed for Practical Use in the Home
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41
Galactic Villain Costumes
Galactic Villain Costumes
This Darth Vader Comic-Con Costume is Eerily Accurate
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40
Robotic Arm-Extending Handles
Robotic Arm-Extending Handles
The Robohandle Gives Users More Strength and Control
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39
Code-Teaching Robots
Code-Teaching Robots
Robotiky the Educational Robot Teaches Kids How to Program
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38
Miniture Consumer Robotic Helpers
Miniture Consumer Robotic Helpers
The WowWee MiP Robot Offers a Helpful Hand
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37
Remote Control Snow Plows
Remote Control Snow Plows
Plow Your Way Through Winter with This Durable Snowbot
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36
Fetching Personal Drones
Fetching Personal Drones
Bizzby Provides a Fast Service Perfect in Times of Emergencies
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35
Robotic Droid Servants
Robotic Droid Servants
The NAO Robot Toy is Your Personal Electronic Butler
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34
Camera-Toting Quadcopters
Camera-Toting Quadcopters
The Aries Blackbird X10 Captures High Quality Footage
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33
Recycled Material Robots (UPDATE)
Recycled Material Robots (UPDATE)
These Adorable Robotic Sculptures Turn Garbage into Art
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32
Cannabi-Hunting Drones
Cannabi-Hunting Drones
The Project ResQu Helicopters Can Identify Invasive Weeds in the Rainforest
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31
Autonomous Delivery Drones
Autonomous Delivery Drones
Google's Project Wing is Developing Drones that Deliver Packages
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30
Autonomous Robo-Cars
Autonomous Robo-Cars
The Servvan Robotic Vehicle Does All the Driving for You
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29
GPS Quadcopter Drones
GPS Quadcopter Drones
The Iris+ Quadcopter Can Be Paired With Android Devices
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28
Wall-Crawling Robotic Cleaners
Wall-Crawling Robotic Cleaners
Tody by Rana Alper is a Versatile Alternative to the Roomba
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27
Champagne Drone Deliveries
Champagne Drone Deliveries
Las Vegas' Marquee Dayclub Offers a Luxury Hi-Tech Bottle Service
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26
Skintight Space Suits
Skintight Space Suits
MIT's Space Suit Concept Uses a Bot to Cling to the Body's Form
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25
Villainous Pop Culture Toasters
Villainous Pop Culture Toasters
This Darth Vader Toaster Shows the Dark Side of Your Toast
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24
Powerful Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
Powerful Robotic Vacuum Cleaners
The Samsung Powerbot VR9000 Deftly Avoids Obstacles
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23
Emotional Humanoid Robots
Emotional Humanoid Robots
Alderbaran Created the World's First Emo Robot
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22
Pollution-Fighting Pinecone Drones
Pollution-Fighting Pinecone Drones
Michal Pospiech Designed This Personal Air Filter Robot
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21
Aerial Bartender Drones
Aerial Bartender Drones
The Yura Appliance System is a Personal Robotic Bartender
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20
Aerial Photography Fashion Drones
Aerial Photography Fashion Drones
Fendi is Giving Fashionistas a New Way to Watch Shows
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19
3D-Printed Exoskeletons
3D-Printed Exoskeletons
This Robotic Exoskeleton is Changing Lives
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18
Upside-Down Ocean Drones
Upside-Down Ocean Drones
The Sea-Eye Can Monitor the Oceans Even When it's Tipped Upside-Down
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17
Robotic Fashion Fabrics
Robotic Fashion Fabrics
These Active Garments Offer an Endless List of Convenient Uses
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16
Robotic Vehicle Valets
Robotic Vehicle Valets
The Ray Robot Will Park Your Car For You in Germany
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15
Robotic Spider Dresses (UPDATE)
Robotic Spider Dresses (UPDATE)
Anouk Wipprecht Designs an Outfit that Protects Its Wearer
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14
Pocket-Sized Drones
Pocket-Sized Drones
The Cargo Pocket ISR is a Miniature Surveillance Drone
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13
Droid Keyboard Projectors
Droid Keyboard Projectors
The R2-D2 Virtual Keyboard Was a Special May 4th Release
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12
Lion-Photographing Robots
Lion-Photographing Robots
The BeetleCam Project by William Burrard-Lucas is Reliant on Technology
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11
Spiral 3D-Printed Vases
Spiral 3D-Printed Vases
This Fractal Geek Gift Was Made Using a Makerbot 3D Printer
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10
Educational 3D Printing Startups
Educational 3D Printing Startups
This New Venture Wants to Bring 3D Printed Robotics to Schools
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9
Festival Photographer Drones
Festival Photographer Drones
Twitter's Dronie Snaps Sky Selfies at Cannes Lions 2014
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8
Mechanized Street Sweepers
Mechanized Street Sweepers
The Recycle Bot by Furio Tedeschi Subtly Cleans City Streets
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7
Cyclist-Protecting Robots
Cyclist-Protecting Robots
The Cyclodrone by Frog Design Alerts Riders to Upcoming Dangers
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6
Champagne Delivery Drones
Champagne Delivery Drones
Casa Madrona Sends Champagne to High-Paying Guests by Drone Delivery
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5
Insect-Inspired Aircrafts
Insect-Inspired Aircrafts
The Sting R12 Aircraft Has a Futuristic Moth Shape
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4
Sports-Recording Helicopters
Sports-Recording Helicopters
The Observer Camera Hovers Over the Action to Document Your Moves
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3
Robotic Wheelchair Beds
Robotic Wheelchair Beds
This Service Robot Makes Wheelchair-Bound Patients’ Lives Easier
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2
Digital Water Color Printers
Digital Water Color Printers
The WaterColorBot Painting Robot Replicates Art in Water Color
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1
Life-Saving Air Drones
Life-Saving Air Drones
This Air Drone Helps Identify Victims in an Avalanche
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