Robots were so plentiful on the big screen during the 1990s, we had to break the decade into two slideshows. The first runs through 1994 and includes classics such as Terminator 2, Alien 3, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
With this collection, the debate intensifies on just what is considered a robot. How about an android? Is a part-human, part-machine concoction a robot? How about Edward Scissorhands, a creature cobbled together à la Frankenstein’s monster? We took the wide view, giving you the whole range and letting you decide whether the movie depicts a robot or some other kind of manmade contraption.
Click the image below to see some of our favorite 90s robots.
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The second film in the series is set 11 years after the first film. It opens with the 1997 nuclear holocaust event. Then the time frame shifts to the year 2029 in Los Angeles where a silvery, skeletal, humanoid machine holds a massive battle rifle. It scans the black horizon of the war-torn terrain, revealing its red, glowing eyes. A battle is in progress between human guerrilla troops and the robot terminators. The sleek, more modern android is composed of poly-mimetic metal, meaning it can take on the shape, color, and texture of anything it touches. It can also mimic human behavior, such as imitating the voices of its victims. (Source: roundtree7.com)
Rob--these slides do bring back memories. The thing that fascinates me about the robotic characters is the computer graphics used to develop the story line. My dream job would to work for PIXAR or some other motion picture concern to develop these 'bots virtually. I think that would be really fun. Great slide show.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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