Meet the Mantis Walking Machine. Designed by Matt Denton and his team at Micromagic Systems, it's a 2-ton, 9-foot-tall, 50-horsepower hexapod (six-appendaged) robot drivable through a cockpit or via wi-fi.
And look at this robot! Look at it march through grassy fields! Look at it move stuff! What could this majestic insect-robot possibly be used for? Well, whatever the customer wants, actually: it's available for hire. (If a super villain gets a hold of it, at least it only moves at 1 kilometer per hour.)
Several years back a company called New Horizons made a hexpodal logging vehical called the Timberjack Walking Machine. It was a lot like this thing, slow as hell.
well this is pathetic, GE had a piloted walking machine that did this in the mid 60's, 50 years and no progress.
As much as I'm not a fan of John Deere they also came out with one of these quite a while ago. They call it the walking tractor. They actually have attachments for theirs for the logging industry where wheeled vehicles either wouldn't work or would cause too much ecological damage. Here is a link to some of their pictures and videos of it.
@berk99, The GE walking truck was no where near as sophisticated as this hex pod. The walking truck was extremely physically taxing to drive, a single operator could only drive it for a few hours at a time.
Also keep in mind there are very limited piratical applications where a walking vehicle would be bettered then a rolling one. That is the real reason yo do not see much development in this area.
I wonder if how many legs can stop moving and this thing can still be mobile. Oh, I am just curious.
When he finds a way to attach those legs directly to his spine and manipulates them with his thoughts like Dr Octopus, I'll be impressed.