Largest rideable 'Star Wars' inspired six-legged monster robot weighs two-tonnes

Guinness World Records title holder Matt Denton has worked on movies across the globe, but what's gotten him into the record books came from inspiration as a child.

Watching Star Wars as a seven-year-old has inspired a British engineer to create a two-tonne robot that has walked into the record books.

Matt Denton, from Hampshire, United Kingdom, has now built the Largest rideable hexapod robot, which measures 2.8 m x 5 m (9 ft 2 in x 16 ft 4 in) and weighs almost two tonnes.

Seeing the four-legged AT-AT robots in 'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back' struck a chord with the young Matt who has seen his animatronics career come full circle: from building small models at home, he’s gone on to work on Harry Potter, and appropriately Star Wars.

The hexapod robot, called Mantis, can be driven from inside its cockpit or operated remotely by Wi-Fi, and its 1.9 tonnes (4,188 lb) of bulk is powered by a 2.2-liter Perkins turbo diesel engine, allowing it to walk at a top speed of just over 1 km/hr (0.6 mph).

It boasts 18 degrees of freedom via two three-axis joysticks and 28 buttons and has a Linux PC as its 'brain.'

The Linux PC uses HexEngine software to control the movements of each leg; the unit receives commands from the hexapod’s Operator Interface and sends feedback.

The building of the hexapod robot begun back in 2009 after Matt had built more than 20 smaller hexapod machines with various shapes and made from different materials. Most were fewer than 50 cm (1 ft 7.6 in) in diameter.

His expertise with hexapods saw Matt go on to work with animatronics engineer Joshua Lee on the Harry Potter films, where one of his hexapods was turned into a six-legged tortoise!

Matt then received investment to build a 200-tonne [440,925-lb] hexapod for underwater use.

He produced the current 1.9-tonne version to “road test” the problems he'd face with the 200-tonne version.

But scaling up from machines a foot or so across to 9 ft was no easy feat.

Mantis has taken three years to build and is continuously being upgraded. Indeed, this is the second version of Matt’s efforts, the MK II.

The previous MK I model (a year-and-a-half in the making) had mechanical problems, particularly issues with the hydraulic systems, as soon as it stood up.


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