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.
What would make a spider bot more awesome? An unanswerable question, you say? How could anything possibly make spider bots more awesome? Well, one thing could, and that's being able to ride them!
I've found six examples of giant spider bots that you can literally hop onto (or into) and ride around. Click on through to find videos of each one of these glorious monsters.
Matt Denton's giant hexapod "Mantis":
Matt Denton is back at it again. He knocked my socks off years ago with his spider that keeps eye contact, and he's done it again with Mantis. This two-ton, turbo diesel-powered, all-terrain hexapod is one of the coolest things I've ever seen. According to the project website, a team of talented individuals, as well as a couple financial backers, helped bring this one to reality. The team even kept a build diary that you can follow.
Not only can you ride inside the Mantis while it stomps around, but this thing is still fully remote control capable.