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This is Norweigian Kåre Halvorsen’s MorpHex project.

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MorpHex improves upon the traditional static hexapod body by the addition of a set of six radially-irising arms, each of which carries the top leg joint of one of the six legs. By expanding or contracting the iris, the diameter of MorpHex’s overall footprint can be dynamically adjusted. The embedded video above shows off this capability nicely.


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In the next stage of development, MorpHex will mount a section of a hollow hemisphere at the end of each leg as a “foot.” Maximally contracting the legs will align these sections to enclose MorpHex’s lower body in a continuous hemisphere which, in the final version, will be contiguous with an upper hemisphere mounted on top of the body. I wonder if Kåre has considered mounting another six limbs with another six sphere-sections upside down on top of the first? [via Hack a Day]

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Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Once my robots can spontaneously form the Hoberman sphere then who will be laughing? bwahahah…etc.

    Seriously, that’s one beautiful/creepy little robot.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Once my robots can spontaneously form the Hoberman sphere then who will be laughing? bwahahah…etc.

    Seriously, that’s one beautiful/creepy little robot.

  3. Sam Moss says:

    Any chance of makezine teaming up with the creator to offer something like this as a kit? This is awesome!

  4. Sam Moss says:

    Any chance of makezine teaming up with the creator to offer something like this as a kit? This is awesome!

  5. David Bell says:

    Another six limbs?!?  He’s got what, 24? servos in there already!

    Sweet design!! And a beautiful “teaser” video…