Robot of the Week: Flame Throwers

What is it about robots that makes us instantly think death and destruction? Why do we fear them so? I can't really speak for everyone, but I know there is a common preconceived notion that robots are giant, scary, powerful, and if you aren't careful they'll shoot fire at you and take over the world.

Of course, it might just be that we're fascinated with that particular kind of robot. After all, KIVA bots are pretty incredible, but do they spit flaming tentacles of incineration? (Come to think of it, I wonder what would happen if the KIVA bots were retrofitted to.... no, never mind. Forget I mentioned it.)

The bot in the video above was created by a couple of aspiring pyromaniacs high school engineers using little more than a VEX robot kit and a bottle of WD-40. Which reminds me: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.

Television programs like Robot Wars helped to make robotic battles an everyday event. Giant anthropomorphic flame throwing robots have been a staple at monster truck rallies and other testosterone driven events for a long time. But let's not forget how incredible beautiful such a robot can be. While many artists explore the destructive qualities of fire, another breed of fantastic robots use fire as a creative mechanism. Check out this video of a fire organ in action.

And of course, this blog post would not be complete if I didn't include extraordinarily creepy gigantic fire-breathing baby robots.

Got a flame throwing bot of your own? Leave a link in the comments. We'd love to see what kind of crazy contraptions you're cooking up (no pun intended).

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