Dodecapod to offset Segway as futuristic transport

Who doesn’t love a 12-legged robot, especially if you can ride it around work? You can watch this one running around the patio with rider perched atop it. The machine translation is a bit crude, but it seem this is based on the wicked walking sculptures of [Theo Jansen]. The rider can shift their center of gravity to control the walker, much like a Segway. We’d bet this makes for a rough ride on anything but a smooth level surface, but we’re fine with indoor use only. After all, you’ll need to be close to a charging station as this boasts 45 minutes of juice when transporting a 165 pound operator. See it scurry after the break.

[via Neatorama and PopSci]


  1. svofski says:

    (75 kg)

  2. Imanoss says:

    11.7 stone

  3. Digital says:

    1 kurik

  4. bogdan says:

    Very nice. I remember the design of the sculptures from a while ago.

    Still, the robot is rather noisy and impractical.

  5. MrX says:

    Sounds like a walking bomb :D

  6. Branno says:

    Coool! I know what I want for Christmas…

  7. Patrick (not the right-wing one) says:

    I think it would probably be better as a transporter for heavy stuff rather than a people carrier. It’s slower than actually walking, but it could save you from having to carry a bag of concrete or something out on the job.

  8. Custos says:

    Welcome to the next dolly, but with no wheels.

  9. RadBrad says:

    Amazing load carrying capacity!

  10. DaemonsWithin says:

    You wanna make it truly impressive? Scale it up and make a walking throne. Even the Demon Headmaster would be jealous! In all seriousness though, the wheelchair is in dire need of advancement…

  11. localroger says:

    Yes, I see this as a rough terrain dolly with really impressive carrying capacity. The high-stepping gait could deal with random terrain better than most designs I’ve seen. I think this thing could go most of the places an ATV can with a much smaller vehicle.

  12. JEDITALIAN says:

    tiller-shoes.. at first i thought they were individual shoes, making for a mean face-kick

  13. rui says:

    Man invented the wheel…

  14. buffalo says:

    Sweet sandals..

  15. walt says:

    i wouldn’t be wearing open toe shoes on this thing… or ever… because i am male.

  16. psuedonymous says:

    Here’s an (earlier? original?) version from UoL in 2008:

  17. Drake says:

    Saw this bot a long time ago. Any-who legs and such need to be sized up otherwise you’ll be stuck on the first out of place brick

  18. charliefreck says:

    nice to see people adapting the work of Theo Jansen. …bringing it closer to practicality. he is absolutely brilliant, but i think quite mad.

  19. Necromant says:

    Make it bigger, make it a chair and fine-tune to walk up and down the stairs.

  20. echodelta says:

    I move pianos. Humm ? I think it can’t do stairs. If it goes over a stone all the pressure goes on that one foot, link, crank, ouch.
    Put soft rollers on the feet, back rubs anyone!

  21. Drake says:

    Lets make a bicycle version. 4 ft long legs. It’ll be all the rage at collages!

  22. brainfart says:

    Disgusting. I don’t want to see your smelly feet. Put on some decent shoes, or at least some socks.

  23. Bob says:

    grow up, everybody has feet

  24. Ryan says:

    Not everyone has them? ask a vet. this would make an awesome wheelchair alternative if scaled up.

  25. robomonkey says:

    AWWW CRAP, Replicators!

  26. Addidis says:

    wow that thing is noisy.

  27. Brett says:

    Make it bigger and make it jump, then I’m impressed. But as of now, its a cool concept.

  28. cafeine says:

    hmmmm…another clever idea would be to just walk with your feet you lazy bastard! :P

    aside from the above it’s a cool machine and congrats for the execution and complication, but too noisy and too slow for it to have a selling point…

  29. Collin says:

    such a cool little machine, it does sound kind-of scary though.

  30. raith says:

    the noise is terrifying, I want one.

  31. Rob says:

    Good idea. I just don’t think it would last over a years time with that much load on it. Keep up the good work!

  32. krith says:


  33. Tpic says:

    For all you haters out there; this is a great idea in its beginning stages. Like others, I can see a heavy material transporter or an advanced mover for people that have lost the use of their legs (ie Veterans, para & quadraplegics). Does it need some work? Sure, but instead of tearing down somebody that put the time and effort to build the prototype, do something better! But of course not, you haters would rather play games on your computers.

  34. lc says:

    what does this do that wheeled transport cannot?
    I understand the point of something like big dog, since that is geared towards practical terrain coverage
    but this seems to be literally a step backwards?

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