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.
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.
[via Hacked Gadgets]