The Question

HEXA Is The Spider-Bot Of Your Nightmares/Dreams

Imagine a future ruled by robots. Across this mech-dominated landscape stalks one particularly capable bot. Its six precise arms bear it inexorably forward as its three eyes whir and scan the horizon for its prey. Finally, it finds what it's looking for. Deftly stepping over any obstacles in the way, the spider-like thing clambers until its quarry is in its clutches — then it comes scurrying back with a chocolate bar for its human master. Meet HEXA, the spider-bot that does whatever you ask, and looks as creepy as possible while doing it.

Talk About A Leg Up In The World

So why would you need a spider-shaped robot? HEXA's six legs might not let it fly like other drones, but good luck getting one of those propellor-borne drones through a cat door, under a table, or into your friends' and family's beds to terrify them in the middle of the night.

Besides granting unmatched ground mobility, HEXA's six trusty legs can also be used for climbing, carrying, and even offering a friendly wave. The central body of the "spider" can rotate 360º in its chassis, casting its  eyes in any direction. Its senses also include infrared detection and intuitive distance detection. But what's more impressive than its out-of-the-box capabilities are the things that you can teach it to do.

Training Your Mecha-Spider

According to the developers at Vincross, the central problem of robotics in the modern world is that most bots are either one of two extremes: too expensive and complex to be accessible, or so simple that it's nothing but a toy. That's what makes HEXA so special.

The little robot is only about $500 — as much as a state-of-the-art video game console — and runs on a Linux-based system that anyone can modify. You don't need to be a roboticist, only understand a modicum of programming skills. And if you really don't know how to start, you can just check out the online Skills Store and add the abilities that you find most interesting.

Introducing HEXA: Programmable, Highly Maneurverable Robot

Written by Reuben Westmaas September 13, 2017

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