1984 hexapod weighed 300 lbs, could lift more than 1 ton

Robotics Technology

This guy was manufactured by Odetics, Inc. in Anaheim, California, in 1984. From its page on The Old Robots Website:

Odex 1, from Odetics, Inc. ; is a six-legged walking robot that weighed only 300 pounds. Its onboard computer could be operated remotely and the robot moved under its own power. It is capable of reconfiguring its shape to be tall and slender or short and squat, and able to walk in either configuration or anywhere between the two. Each leg is able to lift 400 lbs, the “legs” are versatile enough to be used as manipulators as well. Odex is capable of lifting over 2,100 lbs vertically, or carrying over 900 lbs. at normal walking speed. To display Odex 1 agility, engineers commanded the robot to walk to a truck, get on the truck, and then get off and actually move the truck.

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2 thoughts on “1984 hexapod weighed 300 lbs, could lift more than 1 ton

  1. capt.tagon says:

    This thing was featured in Popular Science as a possible future robotic soldier if I remember right.

    Given that the patents have probably expired I wonder what this thing would do with a modern carbon-fiber composite remake?

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