‘Mantis’ Robot Sets World Record for ‘Largest Rideable Hexapod Robot’

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Animatronics specialist Matt Denton, one of the inventors and operators of the Star Wars droid BB-8, was granted the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Rideable Hexapod Robot”. This recognition was presented upon Denton for his unbelievable “Mantis”, a large robotic walking machine that crawls along like a slow-moving spider.

Watching Star Wars as a seven-year-old has inspired a British engineer to create a two-tonne robot that has walked into the record books. Matt Denton, from Hampshire (UK) has now built the Largest rideable hexapod robot… The largest rideable hexapod robot (six-legged vehicle) is called Mantis. The hexapod, which can be driven from inside its cockpit or operated remotely by wifi, weighs 1.9 tonnes (4,188 lb) and is powered by a 2.2-litre Perkins turbo diesel engine. It boasts 18 degrees of freedom via two three-axis joysticks and 28 buttons, and has a Linux PC as its “brain”. It has a top speed of just over 1 km/hr (0.6 mph).

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