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3D-Printed T8 Robotic Spider Makes Eerily Realistic Movements With 26 Motors
Depending on your level of comfort with technology and arachnids, the T8 robotic spider is either the gadget of dreams or nightmares. The eight-legged machine is made by Robugtix and uses 26 servo motors to control its 3D-printed body. A frighteningly realistic example of biomimicry, the octopod is powered by the Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics Engine, which allows it to crawl around with either pre-programmed commands or direct control.
Commands are sent to the T8 through wireless XBee. The unit is for sale at a cost of $1,350 making it a very high-end toy. It comes equipped with a 3D printed body, 26 motors, and microcontroller board pre-loaded with the Bigfoot™ Inverse Kinematics Engine. Sadly, like most playthings, the batteries are not included. The little spider requires a 4 x AA 4.8V NiMH rechargeable battery. The wireless controller does not come standard with the T8, and is recommended for purchase to get the most out of manipulating its movement, and scaring the snot out of friends and family. Those who order can expect their automated arachnid to arrive some time in September.
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