Who Decided a Hexapod With Robot Snakes for Legs Was a Good Idea?

By Andrew Liszewski on at

When it comes to mobility and articulation, it turns out that using six robot snakes as legs actually results in a walking hexapod that can easily scramble over almost any terrain. But when it comes to our deep down fears that one day these creations will over throw us, nothing seem as terrifying as this autonomous creation chasing you down the street.

Developed at Carnegie Mellon University's Biorobotics Laboratory, there's a very real chance this approach to robotic locomotion could catch on given how it allows the hexapod to quickly recover as it's climbing over obstacles that are constantly moving underfoot. And since DARPA is footing the bill on the research, maybe the soldiers of tomorrow will be marching into battle riding giant robot spiders. Ok, that would be pretty cool. [YouTube]