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This DIY robot kit is actually a hexapod, so not an arachnid but an insect. Presumably it was named because the leg design is more spider than insect - a completely different layout, where spiders cannot travel as fast as insects in a straight line. You don't need eight legs to travel fast, indeed, the fastest animal on earth has just four legs. Humans, with two legs, by comparison, are pretty slow.


The servos on the youtube video below are a bit jumpy, as Daniel explains. He used a lipo battery running @ 7.4V which should be regulated to 6V. But the lipo is 8.4V when fully charged - so you get about 7V after voltage down-regulation. (which is 1V above the max voltage that should uses). He used one arduino-mega to calculate everything (@ ~15 "fps") and to drive all 20 servos (so the signal might not be the nicest quality). The servos used are cheap (but strong).

You can check out this groovy piece of do-it-yourself arachnid inspired techno-gear using the links below. The amazing DIY SpiderBot was engineered at Metalab in Vienna by Daniel Schatzmayr, who has a love for all things robotic with many legs.

The directions for this DIY robotic spider are quite elaborate and can be found by hitting the links below. For those who love to build their own creations, the SpiderBot is a fun gadget. This do-it-yourself spider robot offers users endless hours of entertainment, thanks to creator Daniel Schatzmay himself. 









Daniel Schatzmayr is a passionate software developer from Austria working for a Games Company in Vienna.His interest lies within hacking robots and robotic technologies. Daniel started programming at the age of seven on a C64. Since then he is fascinated by computers, software, electronics and the possibilities coming with these technologies.

As a member of the Viennese hackerspace METALAB Daniel approves the basic idea of technology-based creativity in this social space and benefits from and contributes to the open source concepts of this group.

Daniel recently crafted a Spiderbot (Hexapod), a spider-like six legged robot. The constructions plans are published on Thingiverse so you can download and build your own Spiderbot. He programmed an Inverse Kinematic Engine running on an Arduino Mega microcontroller for calculating movement and behavior of the Spiderbot.

Daniel has been invited at Campus Party Europe 2010, an event for technology, creativity and digital culture and his Spiderbot has been exhibited at the Ars Electronica 2010, Linz.

He is working on different robot projects and is currently developing a Cocktail robot for Roboexotica in Vienna.
He will talk about the repurposing of robotic technologies and robot hacking.








The Flip-Dot Dress premiered at the End Symposium of the Technosensual Exhibition, curated by Anouk Wipprecht. The symposium was moderated by Valerie Lamontagne and featured inspiring presentations by Ebru Kurbak, Melissa Coleman, Hannah Perner-Wilson (Kobakant) and Piem Wirtz (V2). For this challenging flip-dot project Pauline van Dongen collaborated with Daniel Schatzmayr, electrical engineer, software developer and robot hacker. The whole design was developed in less than a month time during an Artist in Residency at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

THANKS TO:  Daniel Schatzmayr, Franziska Praendl, Theresa Wilson, Anouk Wipprecht, Simone Feichtinger, Martin Lenz, Philipp Tiefenbacher, Geoffrey Lillemon / Oculart, Markus Piller, Horia Botezan, Renato Panic, Angelika Lux, Carrie, Ina Holub, Metalab, Alfa Zeta










Metalab Vienna. Hackerspace: http://metalab.at/


Thingiverse: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1603

Roboexotica. Festival for Cocktail Robotic: http://www.roboexotica.org/

Ars Electronica Festival: http://www.aec.at/festival_about_en.php


Bug inspired robots













This subject has received a lot of attention from other engineers:-


A-Pod is an ant inspired hexapod robot with a 2 DOF abdomen (tail), a 3 DOF head with large mandibles. 6 legs with 3 DOF each. Total 25 servos. This video demonstrates body movement and mandible control. The designer still has to make some mechanical improvements to the legs (explaining the small amount of walking). The robot is remotely controlled with a custom 2,4 GHz RC transmitter. The Basic Atom Pro 28 is/are used as the main micro-controller(s). 

Visit www.basicmicro.com 
for more info about the BAP28.


FireAnt is based on Zenta's A-POD and made from all aluminum anodized brackets. The kit includes the new digital HV220 robotic servos with position and force feedback. This gives FireAnt life like movement and the ability to sense its environment. It can sense the force the pincher's are applying with no additional sensors. It can also feel when a leg is touching something in both down and forward directions for autonomous terrain adaptation.








Kondo Robot announced a new, low cost, hexapod robot design with surprising flexibility, performance, and customizability. The robots unique leg design incorporates springs and linkages only requiring two servos per leg while improving the hexapod's ability to deal with uneven terrain and obstacles. The robots base frames can be easily fabricated or modified by builders to realize custom configurations. For more information visit Robots Dreams at:



A small autonomous agile robot with an on-board neurologically-based control system. Developed by engineering professor Roger Quinn and his team at Case Western Reserve University. Video presented at IEEE IROS 2009. Read more robot news at:
























A project with bite. These robot jaws (when made of steel) shut with a pressure of up to 2 tons and in less than a quarter of a second. 






Seactasaur is an original story by the Scottish author Jameson Hunter



Lurking beneath the Antarctic ice is a discovery that scientist will die for. 









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