Matt Denton (UK) of Wickham, Hampshire, UK has built the largest rideable hexapod robot that measures 2.8 m (9 ft 2 in) tall and 5 m (16 ft 4 in) in diameter. This six-legged vehicle is officially called Mantis and can be driven from inside its cockpit or operated remotely by WiFi. The beast weighs in at 1.9 tonnes (4,188 lb) and is powered by a 2.2-litre Perkins turbo diesel engine. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Mantis boasts 18 degrees of freedom, controlled with two three-axis joysticks and 28 buttons. It uses a Linux PC as its “brain” and has a top speed of just over 1 km/hr (0.6 mph), which is plenty considering its size. Matt started building the hexapod robot way back in 2009 and is continuously upgrading it to this day.