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Inside Mantis: a 2-Ton Hexapod Robot With a Linux Brain 84

Posted by timothy
from the but-can-it-get-to-boston-on-one-battery-charge? dept.
DeviceGuru writes "After four years of development, Micromagic Systems has finally completed the Mantis Hexapod Walking Machine (YouTube video), claimed to be the world's largest all-terrain operational hexapod robot. The device stands nearly three meters tall, weighs just under two tons, and is controlled by a PC/104 module stack running embedded Linux."
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Inside Mantis: a 2-Ton Hexapod Robot With a Linux Brain

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  • Dubstep Warning (Score:5, Informative)

    by locater16 (2326718) on Saturday April 06, 2013 @04:13AM (#43377019)
    Warning, obnoxious dubstep sountrack for video. You have been warned.
    • The Ministry of Silly Walks has made a whole sound track to accompany that dubstep? Lovely!
      I think a soundtrack of the dubwalk and dubrun are in order as well. Now lets see that hexapod doing some dubsteps!
    • by fritsd (924429)
      How disappointing that they didn't use a Tarantella dance [wikipedia.org] as soundtrack.. Missed opportunity..
  • Horrible video (Score:5, Informative)

    by homb (82455) on Saturday April 06, 2013 @04:15AM (#43377023)

    The video couldn't have been worse, considering how interesting the subject is.
    The videographer should be shot on general principle.

  • Robot? (Score:4, Informative)

    by theNetImp (190602) on Saturday April 06, 2013 @04:17AM (#43377029)

    So er it has a driver... That makes it not a robot!

    • by homb (82455)

      It can be controlled remotely via wifi. The in-seat driver is optional.

      • by Osgeld (1900440)

        I can start my car and access my house via wifi, and control many aspects of it with a phone, is that a robot, acc to your theory its the fucking terminator

        • by homb (82455)

          I'm not saying it's fully autonomous. But it seems it can do some stuff autonomously. Then again, all I see is some hexapod walking around and kicking a barrel.

    • Not really so much a robot but an exoskeleton for your inner insect.
    • by roman_mir (125474)

      You don't get it, the driver is the robot that runs on penguins.

    • Its not autonomous but its a robot. There's a difference.

  • I want my octopod! And I want it to climb walls.
  • by Osgeld (1900440)

    it went almost 10 feet in 2 min and 100 jump cuts

    it put its foot on a pile of stuff then jump cut to it walking on smooth tarmac

    it kicked a barrel while standing completely still

    meanwhile a stupid mid 80's army hummer can travel at highway speeds. can scale a 3 foot wall, and who gives a shit about a barrel, an empty cylinder is not a problem when you have wheels that dont span 15 feet wide

    • Yes, but your mid 80's army hummer doesn't run Linux, and has unformfortable teeth...

      • Running Linux as the OS is no big deal. It is just an OS they could use Windows or DOS if they wanted to. It is the custom software written is more important then the OS. Granted Unix based OSs makes it easier to communicate with hardware, but so what. It isn't like the mid 90s where Linux was new. Linux is widely used. I just never made it in the desktop.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      it went almost 10 feet in 2 min and 100 jump cuts

      it put its foot on a pile of stuff then jump cut to it walking on smooth tarmac

      it kicked a barrel while standing completely still

      meanwhile a stupid mid 80's army hummer can travel at highway speeds. can scale a 3 foot wall, and who gives a shit about a barrel, an empty cylinder is not a problem when you have wheels that dont span 15 feet wide

      Really! Why call it "all terrain" when its really "paved flat surface" . When I read all terrain I was expecting it at least being designed to be able to lift its feet more than 2 feet and for it to be able to place them at an arbitrary height. I think it was twenty years since I saw a thing just like this one... and it required no "software stack" to walk.

  • But does it run Linux?

    Oh wait, yes it does. Never mind then.
  • by Tx (96709) on Saturday April 06, 2013 @06:07AM (#43377347) Journal

    #notarobot
    #notquick
    #bumpyride
    #ihatespiders
    #diedubstepdie

  • Imagine a beowulf cluster of these robot overlords running linux, in Russia, throwing chairs !
  • by xarragon (944172) on Saturday April 06, 2013 @06:59AM (#43377511)
    This sort of technology has been available for some time, I remember seeing this six-legged forest machine complete with crane and cutting machinery back in the early 2000s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYh54Qdh_5g [youtube.com] Apprently it was developed in Finland by John Deree, and was only displayed rwecently (2012 press release): http://www.deere.com/wps/dcom/en_US/corporate/our_company/news_and_media/press_releases/2012/forestry/2012apr10_walking_harvester.page [deere.com]
  • by Seumas (6865)

    Am I the only one who read the headline three times, before realizing it said "LINUX brain" instead of "HUMAN brain"?

  • What is the point of this?
    It's slow and probably consumes a lot of fuel.

    I'd rather take a car or a motorcycle.

  • PC/104? ugh. (Score:4, Interesting)

    by gmarsh (839707) on Saturday April 06, 2013 @09:12AM (#43377983)

    From personal experience.

    Never put a PC/104 setup in a system that's going to be subjected to vibration, you'll cause the connector to wear out and eventually one of the important pins on the PC/104 connector will fail. And when it does, the ISA bus presented on the PC104 connector doesn't have any error detection/correction either, meaning your system may not fail gracefully.

    Not something you want in a large robot.

    • by Animats (122034)

      Never put a PC/104 setup in a system that's going to be subjected to vibration

      PC-104 is rather retro at this point, but there is something called a Can-Tainer [dpie.com] for using PC-104 in hostile environments. "Internally, each corner of the PC/104 stack is held in place by a rubber corner system ... Externally, the anodized aluminum enclosure mates with a thick rubber-mounting pad..."

      We tried one of those in 2003-2005 for our DARPA Grand Challenge vehicle. (Getting board stacks into the Can-Tainer is a huge pain.) Even then, PC-104 was retro. We ended up with Tri-M industrial Pentium 4 PC

  • So nearly complete. So nearly perfect! If you only have a Linux brain.... [imgur.com]

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  • // Design + Build = Inspire;

    I can see why they commented it out.

  • Slow as heck and can't actually climb anything (as far as I can tell from the video) which is the only real reason to have legs instead of wheels.

  • Wonder if BEAM [beam-wiki.org] is being used behind the scenes?

  • didnt jamie manzel do this a few years ago? http://jamius.com/Robot/Robot.html [jamius.com]
  • This is the year of Linux on..... ummm....the ...... Whatever the hell that thing is.

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