We have seen interesting 3D-printed stuff before like these platform shoes with an iPhone case and this open source prosthetic hand, but this 3D-printed robotic spider by Robugtix™ is as freakishly cool as robotic creepy-crawlies go.
The T8 is a bio-inspired 3D-printed octopod robot that can mimic the movements of a real spider. Its movements are courtesy of the Bigfoot™ Inverse Kinematics Engine, which uses complex calculations to control multi-legged robots. The robotic spider uses 26 servo motors and can be pre-programmed with movements or controlled in real-time with a wireless Robugtix™ Controller.
The T8 kit sells for $1,350 and comes with the high-res 3D parts, a microcontroller board pre-loaded with the Bigfoot™ Inverse Kinematics Engine, 26 Hitec HS-35HD servo motors, and fasteners to help the new proud owner with its assembly. Batteries and the Robugtix™ Controller and wireless XBee modules are sold separately. The estimated release date for the product is September of this year.
Be it freaky or cool, this robotic spider certainly has the basics of some sweet dance moves down pat. Watch for yourself in the video below.