The below video demonstrates the BionicWheelBot created by Festo. When I look at this, I don’t see a bionic wheel bot, I see a God forsaken spider made out of metal! Naturally most of us have a strong fear of spiders (I know I do) so I’m not sure why they’d decide to model their robot off of one. What’s more terrifying is if you try and run away from such a thing, it’ll turn into a wheel and roll after you!
The biological model for the BionicWheelBot is the flic-flac spider (cebrennus rechenbergi). It lives in the Erg Chebbi desert on the edge of the Sahara. Professor Ingo Rechenberg, a bionics processor at the TU Berlin, discovered it there in 2008. The flic-flac spider can walk like other spiders. It can also propel itself into the air, however, with a combined sequence of somersaulting and rolling on the ground.
It is, therefore, ideally adapted to its surroundings: on even ground, it is twice as fast in so-called rolling mode than when walking. However, where it is uneven, it is faster walking normally. As such, in the desert, where both types of terrain can be found, it is able to move safely and efficiently.
Since its discovery, Professor Rechenberg has been working on transferring its movement patterns to the technical field. The studies into the spider’s behaviour led to the design of various robots that can propel themselves on difficult terrain. For the BionicWheelBot, the scientist from Berlin has now developed the kinematics and drive concept together with our bionics team.
You strap a few guns onto the top of that thing and Humanity is no more.
Keep going to see the demonstration video and the spider it’s modeled after; I sure as hell won’t be going to any deserts any time soon.
Read more here —>NOPE – Robotic Spider Walks Like Real Spider Before Transforming Into A Wheel And Rolling After You