Creepy crawly computerized critters for your enjoyment.
Matt Denton's Kinetic Spider Bot:
This incredibly fluid moving hexapod is the one that first caught my eye, years ago. Matt Denton's interactive sculpture is actually a hexapod robot, but it doesn't walk around, the one thing that most consider their primary showcase. Instead, Matt's hexapod is equipped with a vision system to allow it to identify and track faces. To this day I have not seen such compelling tracking kinematics. Notice how the entire body of the bot is involved in the facial tracking, not just the "head."
Since I've seen plenty of work that Matt Denton has done elsewhere, I'm fairly positive that this little bot can walk. However, I agree with his decision to make the showcase in this exhibit the facial tracking. It is simply too impressive to water down with anything else.
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? :)