The Mantis Hexapod walking robot vehicle, Winchester, Hampshire, Britain – Apr 2013

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The Mantis Hexapod walking robot vehicle
The Mantis Hexapod walking robot vehicle, Winchester, Hampshire, Britain – Apr 2013
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Meet Mantis – the six-legged walking machine.

The menacing robot claims to be the biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world.

Designed and built in Winchester, Hampshire after four years research and development, it is the brainchild of Matt Denton, founder and chief designer of Micromagic Systems.

The 2.2-litre Turbo Diesel-powered, walking machine can be piloted or remote WiFi-controlled, stands 2.8 metres high and weighs a hefty 1900kg.

Impressive videos show the machine offering surprising, albeit slow, manoeuvrability.

It can tackle uneven surfaces by adapting to terrain using six-axis “body attitude control”, automatically level itself for the comfort of the pilot and even manipulate large objects with its ‘feet’.

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