Popular Mechanics' Infographic on Robot Sizes Shows the Biggest Bot of All

Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 11:04AM
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 - 11:04AM
Popular Mechanics' Infographic on Robot Sizes Shows the Biggest Bot of All
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Image credit: screenshot from Popular Mechanics video
The Singularity is getting closer, which means it's important for humans to know which robots we can take in a fair (or not-so-fair) fight, and which ones are better left alone.

Most people figure they can kick over WALL-E and then sit on him as his wheels spin frantically in protest, but how does the average person measure up against, say, Bender Bending Rodriguez, or Data from The Next Generation?

For that matter, which robots do you want on your side when things get messy? Is Optimus Prime or the Iron Giant going to be a more useful ally during the robot apocalypse?

In order to give us all gain a better understanding of the relative sizes of famous autonomous machines, Popular Mechanics created a short video infographic that reveals how your favorite robots stack up against each other.




In addition to fictional robots from your favorite popular culture stories, it also features real-life droids such as the Curiosity Rover and Hanson Robotics' Sophia The Robot.

There are a few interesting things to learn from this short video. Apparently BostonDynamics' SpotMini, while utterly terrifying to look at, is just shy of three feet tall, making it one of the shorter robots on this list. This partly due to its canine form, which means it stands low to the ground – but it's still gratifying to know that, as with a real dog, it's possible to escape from the SpotMini by climbing a tree. (Just don't expect it to stay at bay when you're behind a closed door.)

As it turns out, Data, Bender from Futurama, and Sophia the Robot are all the same height, standing at 5'9". Thinking about those three spending quality time together is a little disconcerting. Bender would almost certainly try to simultaneously seduce Sophia and steal from Data. (This would probably not end well.)

The most surprising? The T-800 Terminator might be an intimidating force at 6'3" – but it's not quite as tall as the Curiosity Rover, which clears 7'2". This doesn't mean that the Mars rover would be useful in a fight, though, as it's a slow-moving hunk of metal that's designed for longevity rather than protecting John Connor.

While the Sentinels of X-Men might be scary for small, fleshy mutants, they don't measure up too well against their giant robot peers. The mutant hunting machines are only 20 feet tall – compared with Optimus Prime's 28 feet, and the Iron Giant's 50 feet of metal.

These all pale in comparison to Mecha Godzilla, which is 180 feet tall and completely dwarfed by a Reaper from Mass Effect, which is over 500 feet in height.

The biggest of the big robots, though, is none other than Unicron – the planet Transformer – which isn't exactly a "huge" surprise, all things considered.

If you can only pick one of these robots to defend you against the oncoming Singularity, you might as well go with the one voiced by Orson Welles... If he feels like you're actually worth keeping alive.

Spoiler alert: he doesn't.
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