Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tachikomas are Real?

The Hexapod Robot is is the closest thing I've seen to a real life Tachikoma. Not just because of its insect-like limbs, every aspect of its movement comes off as inquisitive, which gives a really impressive effect. It reacts to humans in a number of interesting ways. He follows your movement. Get too close and he'll lean back, looking a bit frightened or cautious. Apparently if you stay staring at him for a while, he'll take your picture and upload it somewhere. Neat project!

Via Technovelgy by way of io9.


Uncle Ovid said...

Nifty. What's with it shifting its footing occasionally? Is it just adjusting its weight distribution? Because it looks for all the world like it's trying to get comfortable.

Daniel said...

My suspicion is that it really is trying to get comfortable. I'm pretty sure it's sentient, and knows we're talking about it right now.