No, this isn’t a prop from an upcoming Hollywood sci-fi movie, but rather the world’s “biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world.” It was built by Matt Dento and his team at Micromagic Systems over the course of four years. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.
The robot weighs a massive 1,900 kg (4,188 pounds), stands 2.8 meters (9.18 ft) tall, and is powered by a Perkins 2.2 liter turbo diesel engine and hydraulics. It’s outfitted with a variety of sensors (including force transducers, angle sensors, and an inclinometer) that help it walk. A Linux PC running HexEngine – software designed to control hexapod locomotion – takes care of the 18 hydraulic actuators in its legs, while a panel PC puts you in the driver’s seat.