One person's nightmare is another's wildest dream. If the thought of giant steel spiders piloted by peculiar individuals sounds good to you, check out these six eight-legged examples.
"Why would you not want to see a giant robot stomping down the street?" asked one of this project's team members in a video (above).
Stompy isn't finished yet. Sadly, this means no amazing video of Stompy stomping around. Even so, this up-and-coming arachnid still deserves attention. After a successfull kickstarter campaign, blowing away their goal of $65,000 and reaching a total of $97,817, construction began.
Stompy is a 4,000-pound 18-foot-diameter rideable hexapod. At least, it will be. While the build blog hasn't been updated since August of 2013, I've personally been to the location where Stompy is being worked, the Artisans Asylum in Boston, on and have seen progress. I didn't get to see anything in action, but I witnessed new leg designs that had recently been fabricated to overcome some strength issues.
Here's a fun video that shows more of the actual completed parts of Stompy. If you want to see one of the full sized legs in action, skip to roughly three minutes.
Could spider bots become a normal, acceptable part of traffic and a reasonable means of transportation? They seem to require a great deal of maintenance and care. And they may not be the most efficient or reliable of vehicles. But they do get you from point A to point B, and the aesthetic factor cannot be denied.
I saw one of these at the USA Science and Engineering Fair a few years back - it was pretty amazing. As I recall, the "driver" had some difficulty with the steering, particularly with those tight turns!!!