Anyone’s who’s had a chance open up and examine a Hexbug will know what smart little robots they are. Only two motors control 360 degrees of movement thanks to a mechanism known as the Jamius Walking Mechanism, named after its inventor Jaimie Mantzel.
Jaimie, who casually bought a mountain in 2003, lives off the land with his family and spends his time engineering very impressive projects in his backyard. His most famous is a giant robot which uses his leg mechanism. It spawned a generation of toys, including Hexbug, the Nerf ‘TerraDrone’, and now Xpider.
Xpider is the world’s smallest programmable robot spider designed by the Beijing-based company ‘Roboeve’. After stripping down TerraDrone, Roboeve designed 3D printable parts based off of it to create the open source robot.
The Intel Edison powered robot, which is due to launch a crowdfunding campaign in the coming weeks, will come equipped with facial recognition, obstacle avoidance, and smartphone control. Plans for this functionality are expected in September, however you can download the chassis plans now at Wevolver.