Video: Scurrying Rideable Robot Platform Lets You Surf on 12 Legs

The Land Crawler eXtreme

Photo courtesy of Vagabond Works

Maybe our growing interest in perfecting robotic bipeds is overrated; two legs may be a prerequisite for aspiring pop star bots, but when it comes to smooth movement, six pairs may be better than one.

The Japanese roboticist behind Vagabond Works debuted video of his Land Crawler eXtreme in action, a 12-legged mobile platform that can transport up to 175 pounds. While the robot, designed at the request of its creator's son, isn't going to give the Segway a run for its solo-transport money any time soon, its fluid propulsion is reminiscent of Theo Jansen's organically-moving Strandbeests and looks eerily natural.