25 best real robots

Who needs R2-D2? These are our favourite plastic pals that are fun to be with


This humanoid might not be able to hold a candle up to Rebecca Adlington in the fast lane, but a swimming robot is still an impressive feat and the first step to a water-based robot invasion. Created by a team at Tokyo Tech, its 20 waterproof motors are designed to measure the forces required for different swimming strokes (and beatings).