Mantis, The 2-Ton Rideable Hexapod Walking Machine

April 15, 2013


This is Matt Denton's two-ton Mantis, a hexapod robot walking machine that can climb on things and all around terrify anybody in its path. Hell, I'm not even in its path and I need a diaper change.

Mantis runs off a 2.2-litre, 50 horsepower turbo diesel engine, and it stands 2.8 meters (9 feet) tall. It can be piloted directly or controlled via wifi. Functionally, it can manipulate objects (like pushing a trailer) or fold itself into a truck bed.

Thankfully, the robot can currently only move at around one kilometer/hour, so it'll be a while before they're chasing people down and stomping them in the streets. "I still want one." I know you do, but as your financial adviser for all things evil genius I have to suggest saving for a secret volcano lair first.

Hit the jump for a couple videos of the thing in action.

Thanks to Mar and jayson, who agree the only way to fight giant hexapod robots are with even GIANTER hexapod robots. This will end badly.

  • Mags

    Can you make one smaller for people in wheelchairs?

  • Chad Burton

    mechawarrior is coming soon

  • Conrado Parra

    I have returned!

  • Mickael Vest

    It reminded me of this

  • glyph

    one step closer to that giant spider from the wild wild west

  • ODwanKenObi

    The name is Tabogin, Mantis Tabogin.

  • Damon Sherman

    oh god, somehow that dubstep makes it seem slower that it actually is.

  • Shane Anderson

    It needs to learn how to scuttle. "Finally! A job for Zoidberg!"

  • Francis

    I can go faster with my bicycle...

  • I can go faster with my legs.

  • Shermdawg

    It won't be long before they walk on two legs and we have Gundam wars!!

  • CaptainGuntu

    I'd drive that to work

  • Cool story. You'll have to be out the door by 10 PM to make it there by 9 AM.

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