Like almost all roboticists, I'm a huge fan of robot movies. My common favorites include: I-Robot, Blade Runner, Iron Man, Short Circuit, AI, Wall-E, Hinokio, and so on. Well, there is a new Sci-Fi movie called "District 9" coming out this weekend that (based on previews) sports some impressive robotic systems -- particularly exoskeletons. The writer / director of this new movie is Neill Blomkamp, who has also produced numerous short films featuring robots (a few of which are shown below). In a psuedo-tradition, we're having a lab outing to a matinee showing of "District 9" this weekend. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes in the comments, but in the meantime check out the pictures and trailers below.
First and foremost, check out the trailer. If you want still more information (or spoilers), Wired.com also has an article and additional teasers / trailers.
In case you didn't catch a few of the robots in the trailer, I've grabbed a few screen captures. On the left is one of the (apparently) human-worn exoskeleton robot suits, while the image on the right is an (apparently) alien-worn exoskeleton robot suit snatching a surface-to-air missile just after being launched at an aircraft. Cool stuff!
At the top of this post, I alluded to the fact that Mr. Blomkamp had previously produced some short films starring robot characters [this was pointed out to me by my advisor, Dr. Charlie Kemp]. One of these short robot films is called "Tetra Vaal" and is about a robot security officer that polices a South Africa town (probably the same one featured in District 9).
A second Blomkamp short robot film is called "Temp Bot" and features a robot suffering through office drudgery while trying to find love (along with some funny mishaps in interpreting / learning human behavior and expectations).
Anyway, I'll post my thoughts about District 9 in the comments after seeing the movie tomorrow. Perhaps you could share yours as well?