I`m sure that most of you have memories from the SF films that we use to watch as kids, in which some totally whacked out scientist is driving in his weird and out of this world machine, doing some totally insane stuff. I can speak for myself and say that those pictures have permanent marks in my photo memory, so every time I see some insanely cool machine, it reminds me on those mad scientists and how I use to imagine taking a ride in one of their things. Well, for all those who feel the same way, Micromagic Systems company has made their dream much closer to reality than ever before. The Mantis Machine is this insect-like monster, which has been described as the largest, hexapod robot on the planet, able to operate on all kinds of terrain.
It is very massive (as expected), weighting 4 188 pounds, 9.18 feet tall and it is powered by a Perkins 2.2 liter turbo diesel motor. It is also equipped with all kinds of sensors (like an inclinometer and force transducers), and special software that helps it controlling its 18 hydraulic actuators in its legs.
Check out the Mantis Machine bellow, shot during the first tests about two years ago, and do not hesitate to share your thought with us in the comment section.
Anyway, when it comes to cool machines, they don’t get better than this!
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