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Old 22nd Apr 2013, 18:28   #1
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Giant six-legged robot built by UK animatronics enthusiast

An animatronics expert has built himself a giant six-legged robot in which to ride.
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/2013/04...-built-in-uk/1
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Old 22nd Apr 2013, 19:12   #2
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I think we are all thinking along these lines.
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Military Mech's are not that far off now, I say 5 years for a working prototype with the proper funding.

Maybe these guys could help out with making Mantis more agile?

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While I think a hexapod is cool and I'm glad this guy managed to successfully make it, I think a quadropod would've been easier, more efficient, and cheaper, but only slightly less cool. I'm sure having an additional 2 legs helps with stability and getting a smoother ride but I'm not sure the cost difference was worth it. Also, if he was going to invest this much into such a project you'd think he'd look into a more efficient (or at least less polluting) fuel. Alternative fuels are really only a problem for cars since you need to find a gas station. I highly doubt this guy tries to fill up at a pump in this thing. Funny thought though.
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I remember seeing something like this on tomorrows world in the 80's. cool but abit pointless.
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It would be useful back is 80's for TV show or movie. Today is really pointless. No way I would want this!
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"back is 80's" read it as "back IN 80's ".
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While I think a hexapod is cool and I'm glad this guy managed to successfully make it, I think a quadropod would've been easier, more efficient, and cheaper, but only slightly less cool. I'm sure having an additional 2 legs helps with stability and getting a smoother ride but I'm not sure the cost difference was worth it. Also, if he was going to invest this much into such a project you'd think he'd look into a more efficient (or at least less polluting) fuel. Alternative fuels are really only a problem for cars since you need to find a gas station. I highly doubt this guy tries to fill up at a pump in this thing. Funny thought though.
Just on the fuel thing, there are very few alternatives to diesel that offer the same energy density and thus potential range - it is simply the most efficient choice given the desire to have this thing move under its own steam.
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