Hexapods are getting cool (and a little scary)

Not much to do with drones, but for those broadly interested in robotics, this is very impressive. As Kottke says, it "goes from sexy robot to terrifyingly fast insect death machine in about 45 seconds."

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Comment by TheMissingRobot on November 18, 2012 at 4:42pm

These kids are very lucky to have such a cool dad!

Comment by TheMissingRobot on November 18, 2012 at 4:49pm

Here's some inspiration for a low cost Hexapod using cheap hobby king servos.
http://forums.trossenrobotics.com/showthread.php?4102-Low-Cost-Hexapod

Comment by Peter Meister on November 18, 2012 at 5:26pm

That is very very cool, man they have come a long quite nicely!


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Comment by Randy on November 18, 2012 at 6:02pm

that is very impressive.  $1200 is steep for hobby use but like everything else the prices will likely come down.

It's open source + arduino as well so easy to work with!

Comment by Joshua Ott on November 18, 2012 at 6:19pm

I love that these kids will grow up with robots being a normal part of life, I'll bet they'll be riding hexapods to school before too long. I want to drive one to the grocery store tomorrow!


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Comment by Richard Boyhan on November 18, 2012 at 7:36pm
It'll get really freaky when these things can climb walls and ceilings. Or when they come at you in a swarm. Me and bugs we don't get along. LOL.

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 18, 2012 at 7:44pm

One of my hobby within a hobby things is collecting and testing servos.  I recently got one of these and it is EXTREMELY impressive.  It is incredibly strong, and fairly decent speed too.  I bet you could make a pretty good and cheap Hexapod with these things. 

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=...

Comment by Jesse on November 18, 2012 at 7:50pm

Randy; our hobby easily costs more than $1200 for a good hexacopter setup and remote control so it's comparable... 

mind you, I'd love one of these robots... maybe when I get the job situation sorted I'll buy one :-D hehehehe

Comment by Jake Wells on November 18, 2012 at 10:43pm

I saw this video a couple weeks ago and had to fight the need to attach one someone to the bottom of my Quadcopter. somehow. Talk about an awesome FPV experience. Walk, run, take off, fly, land, walk, repeat. (In robot voice I say) Need money to achieve robotic insect....  


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Comment by John Arne Birkeland on November 19, 2012 at 5:11am

Dang.. Time to start looking at hexpod's again. My experience 3-4 years ago was halted by the price of strong and fast high quality servos (you need 18 of them). And you really need good servos to get fast and smooth movements like in this video.

The new generation of servos like the Turnigy HV has definitively lowered the bar for high performance hexapod's.

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