Phasma, a six-legged remote-controlled robot by takram design engineering, is built to run rapidly and dynamically like an insect.
Described as an attempt to mimic a living organism purely through its motion, rather than its shape, the mechanical bug employs a design that reproduces some of the physics at work when an insect runs.
Using components such as sliding cables, stainless steel springs and rubber joints, the designers were able to replicate the smooth and efficient locomotion seen in insects.
Particularly interesting is Phasma's use of the so-called alternating tripod gait, a highly stable walking pattern commonly used by insects in the natural world.
The video embedded above shows the Phasma at a recent demonstration at 21_21 Design Sight at Tokyo Midtown.
[Link: takram design engineering]