Mythbusters Hosts Take Giant Mechanical Spiders for a ‘Spin’

/ 8 years ago


Mythbusters, that crack team of engineers from America who re-create a whole array of things, from old wives tales to movie stunts, simply to prove if they can actually be done or not. Probably their most notable work being proving the Mento’s and Coke projectile.

Well today, we see one of the hosts, Jamie Hyneman, pursuing a recreation of robotic spiders; could be the start of many nightmares here. They already have an active web series which can be found here if you wish to catch up.

“The first episode shows Hyneman and Savage discussing the inspiration behind the project, as well as the first meeting with Kernerworks about possible spiders’ possible design.

In the second episode of the series, we see Hyneman in the Kernerworks workshop looking at an early comp of his racing spiders.

The third episode reveals what can go wrong when testing the spiders. After a series of last-minute tweaks, Hyneman and Kernerworks do their best to troubleshoot all the issues with the spiders. No one said making giant robotic racing spiders would be easy.

Finally, in this fourth episode, we see the creepy results in action. Hyneman and Savage take the racing spider robots outside to watch them run in all their glory.”

Now the spiders are prototypes obviously, but they are a far cry from Hyneman’s initial goal of a ride along arachnids; still pretty awesome though.

“I had this image of us riding these giant spiders across a desert, cresting dunes, like some sort of camel race…but it is and always was just an experiment,” Hyneman says in the video. He adds, “I have some ideas about how I can improve the design in the future.”

Thanks to Cnet for this information

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