Mantis is a hexapod robot powered by hydraulics and built by Matt Denton. Mantis weighs 1900 kg and covers about 5 meters when standing still. The powerplant is a 42kw Perkins 2.2 diesel engine. 18 hydraulic actuators move the legs. Computer control is provided by a PC-104 controller running GNU/Linux and HexEngine. The robot is equipped with a suite of sensors that includes 6 force transducers, 6 ankle ball joint angle sensors, a body inclinometer, as well as hydraulic and diesel engine monitoring sensors. From the Mantis website:
"This is definitely the largest hexapod we have built so far", says Micromagic founder and Mantis' chief designer Matt Denton. "This walking machine started as an idea back in 2007, we secured private funding in 2009 to start the project and - after three years of design, build and testing - the robot made a first successful test drive in the summer of 2012 at Bestival UK."
Just reading about Mantis is not sufficient to fully grok the awesomeness of this giant robot. Read on for video of Mantis in action! More photos and info on Mantis can be found the Mantis Facebook page