David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

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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