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Beware of the Mantis: Giant six-legged all-terrain robotic creature revealed

A six-legged, 1,900kg all-terrain walking robot has been created by a designer in Hampshire. Matt Denton, from Winchester, believes that his six-legged 'Mantis' is the biggest, all-terrain operational hexapod robot in the world.

It is powered by a 2.2 litre turbo diesel engine and stands 2.8 metres high.

Mr Denton can pilot the robot manually while sitting in the cockpit or he can control it remotely using WiFi

The machine, which is surprisingly manoeuvrable, can also tackle uneven surfaces by adapting to terrain using six-axis 'body attitude control', automatically level itself for the comfort of the pilot, and manipulate large objects with its 'feet'.

"It 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."

"It's been called an instant design classic and an inspiring engineering project for the next generation." Mr Denton says the Mantis is available now for private hire, custom commissions, events, and sponsorship.

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