Inspiration Gallery #0914

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In something of a follow-up to the Nuclear Super-Giraffe video we shared earlier this week, this month’s inspiration gallery looks at a series of images featuring¬†weaponized robotic animals by artist Robert Chew.

These robotic animals have become Robert Chew’s most famous works, but be sure to check out his DevaintART gallery where you’ll find a full body of works in a variety of styles.

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Check out these infographics detailing the rhino, elephant, and buffalo. A lot of thought has been put into these robotic animals, and they actually make a crazy kind of sense.

The robotic animals have been designed to fulfil a number of different roles, from combat to logistical support. There’s even a search and rescue manta ray!

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Artwork by Robert Chew (aka CrazyAsian1).

Would you include robotic animals like these in your science fiction stories? Perhaps you already do. Let us know in the comments below!

  • I’ve been following his work for a while now. It’s great and his world building is fantastic, especially when it echoes concern for endangered animals. I always wondered if the robotic animals have at their core, animal brains taken from poached animals that survived long enough to be transplanted.

  • This reminds me a little of the robotic dinosaurs from the Dinotopia series.

  • Are those pictures really robots or Cyborgs. A robot would have only the form of an animal but no biological parts . to me some of these seem to cyborgs.

    • I’m not sure. I wondered that myself. If they’re cyborgs they’ve undergone a very thorough conversion.

      • Well the Water Buffalo and the Rhinos look like Cyborgs while the Vultures and birds seem to be robots as they are substantially bigger than any real bird

  • That reminds me I saw an old documentary in the early 80’s, don’t know if that was David Attenborough’s or another. He built a mechanical pelican with an implanted camera. The pelican was controlled remotely and wandered among the pelicans on the water. It was an excellent way to take observations from that near, without scaring the animals. It is a good setting for an exobiology exploration story, featuring a group of biologists deploying a look-alike robot that observes an animal pack to study its behavior.

    • You mean like the penguin-cam? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AifKYs1OYuY

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        It was a different documentary, but definitely the same idea. More sophisticated models which are capable of interacting with the animals may prove useful in the near future, for the study of animal behavior. They may be able to carry-out all tasks except for generating new offspring, unless they are loaded with sperm collected from wild animals.

  • I think somebody should make an XCOM-style game about cyborg animals. Or just an expansion to XCOM, because it’s the one thing that would make that game more awesome.