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Little 12-Legged Robot Can Transport 175 Pounds


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Land Crawler xTreme weighs about 27 pounds and moves on 12 legs. The operator can ride on it, provided that s/he weighs no more than 175 pounds. Unloaded, it can move for 3 hours without recharging.

Official Website (Google Translate) via Popular Science

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At this page he explains the motion,
and how he used computer simulation to find the 'golden' lengths of the rods:

http://www.strandbeest.com/beests_leg.php
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Ah, I didn't see your comment there Tao,
but needless to say I totally agree =]

And as they don't seem to credit him anywhere,
I took the time to send him a mail so he at least knows how he got ripped...
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This is a direct copy if not to say RIP-OFF
of the magnifisent works of the dutch artist
Theo Jansen.

He has invented this mechanical way to convert the circular motion to the walking motion, and has been using it for years in his creations, "strandbeesten"

check it out for yourself:
http://www.strandbeest.com/index.php
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The mechanism looks like a total rip off of one of Theo Jansen's kinetic sculptures, Animaris Rhinoceros. Check out this video of it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2KkGFuRLew
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