Tested: The Show — Jamie Hyneman’s Racing Spiders Project

Jamie takes the stage at our live show to introduce his Racing Spiders project, an experiment in implementing a new linkage system that has never been tested before. Instead of individual motors responsible for each of the mechanical spider’s legs, Jamie’s design is powered by just two motors. The movement is mesmerizing!

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15 thoughts on “Tested: The Show — Jamie Hyneman’s Racing Spiders Project

  1. Very cool stuff. It was not clear when the full video would be released or on what platform/network. Have all of the details been worked out?

  2. It looks very tensegrity-ish, though I’ve seen few mobile tensegrity structures, as the standard examples are usually more about redistributing stress from any angle into the strongest component.

    I’m also looking forward to the full build video!

  3. “I wouldn’t say Jamie is an evil genius. I’m not sure he’s evil and I’m not sure he’s a genius.” – Adam Savage

  4. This is why Jamie is one of my hero’s. Wow! That is a stunning display of creativity, engineering, and persistence.

  5. It’s good to know that Jamie isn’t spending his free time building robotic terminator spiders that will one day kill us all… 😯

  6. That was among the most exiting propulsion system I have ever seen. The wobble plates where butiful machining through out. Genius. One question, can you go full scale and still use string’s or do you have to go up to wire or is that going to be to heavy. Amazing project.

  7. So the advantage is it is light and strong, does that mean its energy efficient too?

    I can’t help but feel this needs to be built full scale and it should be a boat with the legs as oars instead. Could be amazingly fast.

  8. Would be great in a desert I guess. In most other environment it does seem a bit dangerous to be around of…great work.

  9. That is unbelievably cool. I’ve always been fascinated by tensegrity and spaceframe structures and this is just beautiful because it uses the tensile members for actuation. I assume you sort of skid steer it by changing the relative speed of the motors.

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