Robots have been a part of every automaker's manufacturing arsenal for three decades now, but that doesn't make this latest effort at improving plant automation any less cool. While most factory robots are neither humanoid nor particularly interesting, the only thing more exciting than this pseudo-cyborg hand for rivetheads is ordering up the entire run of The Six Million Dollar Man from Netflix.
First there was Asimo, Honda's friendly and childlike humanoid robot, who dazzled the public by walking on two legs. Then came Toyota's whimsical Partner Robots, which could play musical instruments. Now we have Robonaut 2, a menacing machine GM helped develop in a partnership with NASA.