Nov.20, 2014 | Alec

Adam Savage is mostly known for his fabulous and inspiring Mythbusters show, where he and fellow physics mastermind Jamie Hyneman use the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, movie sequences and common presumptions.

However, Savage is also known a tremendous fan and collector of the latest technological gadgets. Some of them are useful, others are fun, many are 3D printed, but all are unlike anything you've likely ever seen. Fortunately, several of these toys, if you can call them that, have received closer attention on a YouTube series called Inside Adam Savage's Cave. If you haven't heard of it, be sure to check it out as it's a lot of fun to watch. You can find episodes here.

One episode features a 3D printed gadget that is both extremely cool and the stuff of nightmares for many: a very realistic, creepy and gorgeous robotic spider. Watch it here:

Made by Hong Kong technology manufacturers Robugtix, the spider is called the Robugtix T8, and was only available for a limited time last year. Adam picked it up for a hefty sum of $2950, but it looks to be worth its value. As the video reveals, this 3D printed monstrosity features a very realistic movement system that will freak out anyone it creeps up on. In bad lighting, this cannot be anything else but a monstrous spider.

This spider is controlled by a very sophisticated motherboard: The Bigfoot Inverse Kinematics Engine. It also features a moveable body and eight legs – each one featuring three separate servos to create very realistic movement. What's more, the whole T8(excepting the servos and motherboard) is 3D printed, making it very lightweight, coming in at around 300 grams. The biggest danger is thus someone crushing it underfoot.

Finally, it's very easy to control. As the Hong Kong masterminds behind this spider wrote on their website, 'the user only has to send short and simple commands to the robot (for example, instructing it to walk forward at a desired speed) and the engine will automatically take care of all the details, including inverse kinematics, leg trajectory planning, leg gait coordination, motor control, etc. This makes it quite easy even for absolute beginners to play with advanced robotics.'

While you can't order this particular model anymore, a newer model (the T8X) can currently be pre-ordered for a mere $675. However the company is currently behind on their deliveries, so who knows when your robotic monster will arrive. But for that price, it certainly is tempting…

Check out the movement of the new T8X spider here:

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HXR wrote at 11/22/2014 2:18:53 AM:

This happened almost a year ago.

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