Where can I get an army of spider-bots?

You know, like the ones early in this video clip?

If I can’t get them, I’m just going to have to rely on the real thing.


  1. gijoel says

    As a Middleman fan all I can say is that your plan is sheer elegance in its simplicity.

  2. Ragutis says

    The jellyfish is awesome. I definitely want one. Don’t know what I’d do with it, but I want one. And the air penguin too.

    I wonder if I can trademark “Roobot” and maybe get a cut if the hopping one ever comes to market.

  3. brutus says

    Seems obvious (could be hindsight bias) to design the frames, forms, and extremities after nature’s existing models. The departures from familiar forms are most interesting. Of course, minibots (like drones large and small before them) are clearly primed for surveillance and weaponization applications, so beyond the gee-whiz factor, looks like we’re busily inventing and manifesting our own heedless dystopia. How long before the drone wars begin?

  4. grahamjones says

    I read a nice newspaper article about spider silk today. (The i newspaper).

    Professor Hayashi’s lab at the American Natural History Museum is uncovering the genes behind each type of silk to create a ‘silk library’.

    There’s a way to go, with 48,000 spider species and some spiders making 7 kinds of silk. Dr Stellwagen at the University of Maryland is helping out. Beats bots, if you ask me.

  5. rietpluim says

    As a kid I dreamed of conquering the world in a giant spider-bot, starting with the village of~2000 inhabitants I lived in. I have great sympathy for Mojo Jojo.

  6. Muz says

    The fame of those spider bots has always bugged me (no pun intended). There’s far more impressively moving bots that have been around longer. Have a look for the Phoenix Hexapod (and series) and the A-pod and so forth. Their balanced inverse kinematic leg movements are disturbingly lifelike
    (eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72MY5GuHSpA )
    Still, not enough legs perhaps? Deal breaker? Maybe.

    I post only in the interest of spreading bot nerdery love.

  7. anbheal says

    To our New Overlords: You are awesome, I adore you, and I will serve as your comprador, enslaving the human race on your behalf, if I get some favors, and hot chicks. Yours truly, Moi.