Mechanical Menagerie

A series of articles surrounding technology, both new and old, which are changing our world and even our individual lives.


Real Life Robots (1-20)

  • A series focusing on recent developments in robotics. 

Automated Food (1-20)

  • A series focusing on the automation of the food industry


Mechanical Menagerie #7: Infrastructure

  • FastBrick Robotics: a company that developed an automatic brick laying vehicle
  • Dual Snow Blower: a design concept for a more efficient snow plower on roads during the winter
  • There is also a large vehicle that constructs bridges

Mechanical Menagerie #6: The Future of Transportation #2

  • Archaeopteryx: an engine-less glider which resembles an airplane to mimic its properties
  •  Tvillingar: a train concept utilizing wind energy, piezoelectricity and dual level cabins
  • Neoplan Omni 2.0 double-decker: a concept for a double decker bus
  • Volvo Autonomous Trailer AT404: A Volvo design for a self-driving trailer
  • Volvo Autonomous Carrier: Another design similar to the one above

Mechanical Menagerie #5: Tools of the Trade

  • HoloLamp: a small box capable of generating holograms
  • FlexDex: a precise surgical tool
  • Lifting Sink: a sink concept for reducing water usage
  • RoboGlove: a specialized glove for use in space

Real Life Robots #1: More Than Meets The Eye – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Issue

  • Letrons: manufacturing cars that can transform into large humanoid robots 
  • Russian Military: created a robot that can use guns
  • Great Metal: manufactured a large robot to duel other large robots
  • MegaBots: manufactured a large robot to duel other large robots
  • GJS: created small robots to duel each other using phones as controllers
  • Titan the Robot: a robot designed to entertain at parties and events

Mechanical Menagerie #4: The Future of Transportation #1

  • Kitty Hawk: created a hovercraft for water-only
  • Tesla Boat: Tesla is developing a boat
  • Cobalt Aircraft: developing a new, sleeker private plane
  • Audi: two designs for futuristic self-driving truck designs

Automated Food #1: – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Issue

  • Zume: automated pizza restaurant (close to a factory)
  • Plant Power Fast Food: fast food restaurant selling vegan fast food
  • Cafe X: cafe featuring an automatic coffee making machine
  • Eatsa: an automated quinoa bowl restaurant
  • Momentum Machines: a restaurant focusing on automating the creation of burgers
  • AMFare: a company which created an automated machine for making food at a typical fast food restaurant in the 60’s
  • Minimum Wage Leading to Automation Debunking
  • Flippy: a robot which can flip burgers by itself
  • Moley Robotics Kitchen: a pair of robotic hands that are capable of cooking by themselves

Mechanical Menagerie #3: DragonWrist

  • Dragonwrist: a mini-flamethrower worn on the wrist
  • Aim Fire Extinguisher: a more modern fire extinguisher 
  • Fireman’s Prayer: a more controllable fire hose
  • The Rook: a different type of fire protection 

Mechanical Menagerie #2: A Different Future For Homes

  • Apis Cor: capable of 3-D printing small houses quickly
  • ShelterPack: emergency shelter design for swift deployment focusing on natural disasters
  • Sliding Fridge: a revolving refrigerator concept
  • Dishwasher: a concept for a dishwasher which is pulled up, not out
  • Groundfridge: a refrigerator stored underground

Mechanical Menagerie #1: Exoskeletons

  • Bionic Boot: a mechanical boot designed to propel human movement significantly
  • Russia: have supposedly developed a unique next-gen exoskeleton
  • ExoAtlet: a prosthetic for people suffering from the inability to move their legs
  • Powered Jacket: a slim, futuristic exoskeleton


Mechanical Menagerie Compilations

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #5: Futuristic Technology

  • Rob Spence: created an eye camera for his damaged eye
  • Unified Weapons Master: A weapons-martial arts league involving armored suits
  • Exascale Computer: China has claimed to have created the first exascale computer

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #4: Personal Flight

  • Gravity Industries: a man is trying to develop thrusters similar to Iron Man which will allow him to fly in a similar manner, although far lower and safer
  • Hoversurf Inc: a company that developed a hoverbike which does hover in the air
  • Vultran Tyger 1: a concept for an aircraft similar in appearance to a drone which operates on a quadcopter concept.
  • Zapata Racing: a company that developed a hoverboard that can operate at higher speeds

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #3: Transportation

  • Case IH: created a self-driving tractor for farm work
  • Saftey Roller: created a safer guard rail for automobiles 
  • Airbus: released a video demonstrating a modular concept to rethink how planes are designed
Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #2: Medical Technology
  • VeinViewer: capable of visualizing veins on the surface of the skin 
  • RenovaCare: created a skin cell gun to heal burns

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #1: New Technology

  • Voodoo Manufacturing: creating a automated 3-D printing factory
  • xPlotter: a laser-carving device
  • UCLA Sandbox: a sandbox capable of simulating elevations
  • Plastic Roads: an innovative concept for redesigning roads
  • Monkey Lights: lights on bicycles
  • Asgardia: a nation state project for creating the first space nation