This Ladder-Climbing Snake Robot is Creepy as Hell

How about a game of chutes and ladders? Uh, I mean snakes and ladders. Look, snakes are nature’s creepiest creation and robots are man’s creepiest creation. So naturally, scientists had to combine them both for maximum terror. While we’re at it, let’s make these robotic creepy crawlies climb ladders, cause you know, we wouldn’t want humans getting away.

Seriously though, a snake is a great design for robotics. They can slither in and out of small spaces to look for damage in structures or rescue someone trapped under rubble, plus they can handle all kinds of terrain. But just because we can do it, doesn’t mean we should. Because now researchers have taught robot snakes to climb ladders. There goes your second story escape plan.

Researchers from the Kyoto University and University of Electro-Communications have developed a robot snake that can bend and twist its segmented body, allowing it to slowly wrap itself around each rung as it climbs a ladder.

Good job researchers. Now, where are we going to go to escape robot snakes? I built a treehouse specifically to escape them and I just know that when I go up there next, now I’m going to find a bunch of robot snakes up there reading dirty mags, which is my job.

[via iEEE via Gizmodo]

Real Life Homer Simpson: The D’oh of Your Nightmares

Last summer, artist Miguel Vasquez created some images that show what Spongebob and Patrick would look like in real life. The renderings were the stuff of nightmares. Now, Vasquez is back with a rendering of what Homer Simpson would look like if you ran into him on the street.

Homie is terrifying to look at with his bug eyes and giant mouth. He looks like he should come out of the sink in the next Stephen King horror flick to choke you while screaming “YOU LITTLE!”. Creepy as real Homer may be, the illustrations are fantastic, and this dude has some serious talent.

And no matter how disturbing this is, Homer certainly is easier on the eyes than real-life Patrick Star was. I’m fairly sure I saw Patrick in the cages under the cabin in The Cabin in the Woods.

[via Laughing Squid]

Artist Creates Disturbing Superhero Figures Out of Insect and Crab Shells

Some people play with action figures. Other people play with bugs. Ew! This guy plays with both. Double ew! This student in Osaka, Japan known as @ride_hero on Twitter has a very interesting hobby. He makes action figures out of insect and crab shells.

We know this because he posted several photos of his disturbing creations. They may be disturbing, but I have to admit, they are also very cool and he is very talented. It begs the question, why does he have so many insect and crab shells laying around? And once you ask that, it becomes even creepier. He may be an insect serial killer. We just don’t know. Don’t want to know.

These truly are heroes in a half shell. One of his favorite shells appears to be that of the cicada, which make me feel all icky and gross. I have to be honest, there’s no way I could touch these, never mind putting them on my shelf.

Maybe he’ll make a Spawn out of prawn one day. I think that should be his next creepy masterpiece. This guy does really great work. Just keep them away from me is all I’m saying.

[via SoraNews24 via Laughing Squid]

This Lifelike Animatronic Head Doesn’t Think This Looks Like Anything

I’m a huge fan of Westworld, as I’m sure many of you are. The thought of androids who don’t even know they aren’t real and look just like us is a bit unnerving. It looks like the folks at Garner Holt Productions have created a creepy head almost worthy of being a Host in our favorite theme park of debauchery.

Sadly, the head isn’t a hot rancher’s daughter, rather it’s an old wrinkly dude that looks like he might shoot you for a shot of whiskey. It’s hailed as the most advanced humanoid robotic head ever created. It is “theme park quality” and it looks as if it would be right at home at Disneyland. That only makes sense, because Garner Holt has created some of the animatronics in use at Disney’s theme parks before.

The video above shows the sleepy looking robot head in action. It almost looks like a human, and if it were just a tiny bit more fluid in its movements, we might need to be sure Delos Quality Assurance was on the job.

[via Geekologie]

Guy Makes Hand from Fried Meat: Edible Facepalm

Oh Internet, you always know how to raise the creep-meter to 11. Watch in awe and disgust as this guys create a hand out of fried meat, then fills it with rice. For some reason. Why? Why not? Watching this video feels like an origin story for the worst superhero ever. A guy named Fried Meat and Rice Hand who goes around slapping people.

Its creator, Kiwami Japan first makes some kind of mechanical contraption, then he cuts some meat and stuffs it into a glove. Then he shapes it to look like a real hand. Next, he cuts the hand free of the glove and adds some soy sauce, salt and pepper. Then he adds an egg on top, dips it in flour and fries it up in the pan before adding the fried rice topper.

At this point you’ll ask out loud why you are still watching. I have no idea. I’m guessing if you made this, you’d eat the fingers first. This has got to be one of the weirdest and creepiest cooking videos I’ve ever seen. Seriously, why would you do this? So many questions. Zero answers.

This Robotic Crab Processing Machine Is the Stuff of Nightmares

Despite what science fiction movies tell us, real world robots aren’t all creepy and trying to murder us. They build cars, assemble electronic gadgets, disarm bombs, and take on tasks humans don’t want to do. But this robot really does want to kill. Fortunately, it only has an appetite for crabs. At least so far.

The nasty looking apparatus you’re looking at is designed to take on the task of separating crabs from their legs and pluck out their meaty insides. The Canadian Center for Fisheries Innovation developed this robot to explore the possibility of using machines to take on a gory task mostly done by humans today.

It’s definitely the stuff of nightmares if you’re a crab or just think crabs are adorable. But if you love the way they taste, then you have no right to complain about the unfeeling torture this thing inflicts on its victims. Fortunately, for the crabs, they’re actually already dead before they go under the spinning blades of this thing.

While I can definitely see the value in these robots with taking on jobs which are getting harder and harder to fill with humans, I’m still concerned that one day our robot overlords will build use machine learning from this project to realize they can build a human-size version.

This $36,000 Octopod Clock Is the Best Possible Way to Tell Time

Got $36,200 burning a hole in your pocket? Then have I got something for you! What you’re looking at is a desk clock which looks like some kind of creepy robotic octopus, and it’s simply awesome.

The meticulously crafted Octopod clock was made by MB&F and L’Epee 1839, and looks like the sort of robotic creature that a supervillain would turn loose on one of his victims. Sitting atop its eight spindly, articulated legs is a glass orb, which contains an intricate clock movement, and can rotate 360 degrees either horizontally or vertically.

While part of me is sad that it doesn’t actually crawl around, I’m also happy that this thing can’t find its way up onto my bed in the middle of the night, and inject its toxins while I’m sleeping.

Just 150 of the Octopod clocks are being made – 50 each with black, blue, or silver legs, and chances are there are enough fantastically-wealthy people out there that they will sell out quickly.

[via Digital Trends via Popular Mechanics]

Beetlejuice Crazy Face Masks and Eyeball Gloves Make Perfect Halloween Costumes

Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice is still one of my favorite movies of all time. It featured a great mix of wacky characters, funny dialogue, clever stop-motion animation, quirky visuals, and lots of weird and creepy stuff too. One of the most memorable moments in the film is when Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alex Baldwin and Geena Davis) practice making crazy faces to scare the Deetz’s out of their house. Their insane faces are permanently emblazoned in my brain though.

So when I saw these Beetlejuice masks for sale, I thought – my wife and I need to dress up in these for Halloween this year. Maybe we can get one of our goth friends to dress as Lydia too.

Both the Adam and Barbara masks are totally gross and weird, though  I always thought the extra set of eyeballs inside of Geena Davis’ mouth were especially disturbing. And did someone say they liked eyeballs? Well Rubie’s Costume Company has you covered there as well:

Yep, those are some ooky looking eyeball gloves to complete the look. If you’re a Beetlejuice fan like me, looks like you’re all set with a ready to go costume this year.

I only wish they made a costume based on Michael Keaton’s terrifying snake head.