Hexapod robot vehicle

Matt Denton of Hampshire, UK, built a huge hexapod walking machine that he operates by joysticks inside the cockpit. It took him four years and cost "hundreds of thousands of pounds" to make. Its top speed is one mph and, as you might expect, isn't particularly efficient. "It's not about miles to the gallon, it's about gallons to the mile," Denton told the BBC News.

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24 Responses to “Hexapod robot vehicle”

  1. lavardera says:

    needs friggin lasers.

    • G3 says:

      I thought the same thing, how could you NOT arm it. The guy next door who builds a bigger one is going to arm his. And then the guy across the street. And so on. Until the war starts.

    • Jens Alfke says:

      This guy armed his: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcR2gc8-jsU

      Seriously, Matt Denton’s built a real-life version of this music video. Pretty amazing.

  2. Boundegar says:

    I wanted to love this, but that awful music ruined it.  Why couldn’t he just let it clank for itself?

  3. Frank Diekman says:

    I like the little booty shake it does at 1:22.

  4. GawainLavers says:

    On the plus side, you get almost an hour of operation per gallon.

  5. Casual_Economy says:

    oh nvm

  6. jheiss says:

    When all you’ve got is a water jet cutter, everything looks like a hexapod robot

  7. Tedhealey says:

    “Walking. Spider. Dean!”

  8. Chrs says:

    Hah, delightful! It moves like a stick insect, pure static stability. A mantis would never be caught dead moving without some dynamic component, but it sure makes it a lot less clanky than most of the other horrible motorized hexapod robots you see, and with vastly greater flexibility of movement. I’ve yet to see a large, legged robot outside of Theo Jansen’s strandbeests that really does a good job of capturing the smoothness of more rapid locomotion, but this one gets slow walking quite nicely.

    • nixiebunny says:

      It looks like it uses computer-controlled hydraulic actuators for every joint, presumably with feedback. The ones I’ve seen at Burning Man are mechanical contraptions, resulting in their clumsy motion.

      It should just be a matter of software and higher hydraulic fluid flow rate to achieve trotting.

    • Marios P. says:

      I do not know the limitation of the equipment used, but I wonder if it could not be hacked to provide both smoother and faster motion.

  9. RickyMcBumpkins says:

    Can’t wait til Skeletor gets his hands on this technology.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTJ8FDMKVRA

  10. OtherMichael says:

    Once he licenses this to Boston Dynamics We. Are. F****d.

  11. polyg0n says:

    At last Wild Wild West II can be filmed. 

  12. Donald Petersen says:

    Once my first screenplay sells, I’m ordering one.  And I’ll drive it down to the 7-Eleven every Father’s Day for doughnuts.

  13. MattWPBS says:

    Awesome! That’s Pyestock in the video – the old National Gas Turbine Establishment site. Amazing place to explore. 

  14. RedShirt77 says:

    We are one step closer the the least efficient way to invade an ice planet.  Oh and maybe some troops could run along side.

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