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Mantis Ridable Hexapod Robot: Insecticon

by Lambert Varias
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Last year we heard about a group of students planning to build a ridable hexapod. Now we get to see what such a robot could look like, albeit from a different inventor. This is the Mantis, an all-terrain hexapod built by Matt Denton of Micromagic Systems. The 2 ton robot is powered by a 2.2L diesel engine and can be operated using its on-board controls or remotely via Wi-Fi.

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The unit we see here is actually the second version of the robot; Matt said he’s been working on Mantis since 2009 using private funding. I hope his benefactor is a superhero.

That touchscreen control panel looks sweet. Matt should make Mantis Mk.III a hexapod hexacopter. Check out the Mantis website and Facebook page for more info on the robot.

[via Hacked Gadgets]

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