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CrabFu’s latest project, the SwashBot, is a 3-legged radio controlled robot built from RC helicopter guts. The three servos that would normally affect the swashplate control the position of the three legs. Instead of tilting or raising the swashplate, the control inputs move the robot from side to side or up and down in a surprisingly organic-looking way. Here’s a video:

I think what I like best about this is its simplicity. You could make one of these guys in an afternoon using the parts from a standard RC helicopter, some hot glue, and a few extra servo horns. I’m not sure how the helmet was made, which is arguably what makes this little bot look so bad ass, but the guts would only take a few hours to put together. Pure genius.

CrabFu’s SwashBot [via Makezine]
More of CrabFu’s Steam Toys