Creepy crawly computerized critters for your enjoyment.
Six legs, or eight legs, it doesn't matter. These robots will simply make your skin crawl. There is no shortage of hexapods and octopods out there, so I've collected several of my favorites for your viewing pleasure. While they may show their creepiness decently in still images, you really have to watch these videos to get the full effect of their multi-legged splendor.
I wanted to start with the Atrax as it really jumps right into one of the main focuses of hexapods and octopods. People tend to get very excited over different gaits and their origins. This video shows some diagrams in the background of how the different gaits work so that you can see what some of the differences are. While it isn't the most fluid or quick bot in the group, this video is still quite fun to watch.
The Atrax has 27 servos in total, and its body is constructed from 3mm plywood. You have to admit, it looks pretty good for being cut with a Dremel!
Wauw, that T8 looks really cool. I ordered one, just for fun and to take a good play with it. These kind of tools are also a good investment for visiting customers to have a good laugh and chat. That's how technical people get their work: Play a bit, talk about it and then solve the customer his problem. No management for us, like in the big companies (hehe ;-)
It is very difficult to choose one among all of those shown as #1-9. Each one of these has its own display of creativity and uniqueness. I have seen videos of T8 earlier on this site and I was amazed about the perfection. But all of Zenta's works have really amazing. The speed, robustness of FantomX, the feature of adjusting the orientation of the legs when flipped impressed me. The amazingly creative beauty of MorpHex, the natural movements of A-bot just like an ant and Matt's creative hexapods are equally impressive. Would NASA send a hexapod/octopod robot next as the Mars rover? :)