Feeds

Ridable giant robo-bug creeps, crawls toward reality

Mech-insect could be yours - for 300 grand

Mobile application security vulnerability report

If you have long-term ambitions to pilot a giant six-legged mech walker, then pledge your support for Project Hexapod and its two-ton robo-bug, Stompy.

The fully ridable machine was dreamt up a couple of months ago by robo enthusiasts Gui Cavalcanti, James Whong and Dan Cody, who are now seeking to raise the wonga they need to realise their vision through crowdsourcing.

Their pitch has now gone live on Kickstarter, asking for funds to complete Project Hexapod, which is currently roughly 80 per cent into its prototype design stage.

Project Hexapod

Of course, the more you pledge, the greater the reward and while pocket-money will get you a gratuitous thank you and car bumper stickers, things really start to get interesting when you lay down the big money.

For $300,000 (£192,000), the team promises to create a backer's very own Stompy, so users can terrorise entomophobes in their local neighbourhood. Check out the Project Hexapod introduction video below for more:

I don't know about you, but if I had a couple hundred grand spare and loads of garage space, I know where I'd splash my cash. And I bloomin' hate creepy-crawlies. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch
It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.