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Hector The Creepy Crawly Spider Robot

Posted on April 20, 2011 by , with 20220 views

Hector The Creepy Crawly Spider Robot

Everyone loves robots. Not everyone loves spiders. This might leave you uncertain over this product, which comes courtesy of the University of Bielefeld's Department of Biological Cybernetics. Named HECTOR, (obviously an acronym for HExapod Cognitive auTonmously Operating Robot), this spider-like robot measures in at approximately one meter in length and is 12 kilograms in weight. 13 percent of this weight belongs to the exoskeleton, with joints on its legs allowing the robot to move somewhat creepily like a spider.

I'm not sure why the University chose to base the robot on an arachnid that tends to creep out the majority of society. Maybe exactly that, to creep people out. Spiders, personally, make my skin crawl, and if I were to develop a robot, basing it on a spider wouldn't even enter my thoughts! Having said that, any robot always manages to impress me - mostly due to the fact that I remember seeing various ideas for robots when I was younger on TV and always wondered if they would ever become a reality (showing my age here!). With this spider robot I'm not entirely sure what its main purpose is. It's certainly too conspicuous to be used as a spy gadget. Perhaps if it were reduced to the size of a real spider, that would do the trick, though it would probably be trapped under a glass or stamped on within minutes.

What next, a robot bird that flies through the air before crashing into something and exploding or a robot fish that can swim through the ocean, only to be swallowed by a giant shark? What uses could you see for this mechanical creepy crawly and what other silly robot ideas can you come up with? Let us know in the comments!

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Submitted by Patricia

I think that spiders are really cool and wish I could be just like you.

Submitted by Ana

I think spiders are totally cool! But people always judge me because i'm a girl and I like spiders. Anyway I would totally make a robot spider if I had the chance.

Submitted by Ana

I think spiders are totally cool! But people always judge me because i'm a girl and I like spiders. Anyway I would totally make a robot spider if I had the chance.

Submitted by Ana

Wow thx guys

Submitted by Jamie slau

I love it!

Submitted by jodi

You could make a robot centaur

Submitted by person1000

Why don't you design "hector" to kill bugs or other spiders that live in people's room

Submitted by khai

Tefma5 wow, great blog.thanks again. Want more.

Submitted by cheap seo

Ohws.thats nice invention.. Great.!

Submitted by raindyview

I want to make something like that :)

Submitted by Khai

It's true, they've made it to creep people out. I think something that is creepy is also more interesting, somehow... Do you have a video of it in motion?

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Submitted by mark

Why do you have to do 1+1, doesnt make any sence....

Submitted by 1+1.......

Its a very crazy but cool invention....very weird

Submitted by Paul Rober

Spiders have 8 legs. This is an "insect-based" robot- 6 legs - hex is 6.. 6 or 8 may still creep people out.. Iteresting to compare 6 vs 8 legs is there a real advantage one over the other?

Submitted by IJA

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Submitted by dennissebj

Wow thats a cool invtetion because that be used in spay missions well got to go .

Submitted by Alexander

Very interesting n great invention.:)

Submitted by Anirudh

Its nc ,,, saves the day for my assignment :))

Submitted by ~train

This is the most cool invention on the internet

Submitted by brian

Very intelligent device for kids to play with!!!

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