Recently I came across a video in which I am sure quite a few of have seen already but I really liked this one and thought I should share it with you. What it is is a totally interesting creation designed by “Mad Labs” where a hex copter and an RC spider are amalgamated into one. I was always interested in hooking up my cameras to the underside of my helicopters but never really considered attaching anything robotic to it. I know this video has nothing to do with aerial photography or video but it does include a hexcopter therefore I think I can let it slide. Mad labs already has a few videos showing this arachnid flying creation in motion which introduces a whole new aspect to the hobby. What they have done is taken a hex copter frame and attached it to the top of robotic spider pod. Here are a couple of videos showing this thing in action.
Now of course you can buy a hex copter frame just about anywhere nowadays but if your a DIY ‘er like me then this is probably right up your alley. The site where they had actually picked up this cool hex pod spider can be found here Trossen Robotics and they item you would be looking for is the PhantomX AX Hexapod Mark II. Now the thing that you have to keep in mind if you plan to build one of your own is that you will actually require two people to control this thing, one person for the hex copter ( an experienced pilot ) and one person for the hexapod itself. Making one of your own is going to be quite expensive and the tested weight load capability of the hexapod (spider) is only at 4lbs. I hope you found this posting really intriguing and I look forward to hearing about any other cool designs others have come up with. Here is one final video showing the hexapod in action, it actually looks pretty realistic by the characteristics. Enjoy.
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