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Another Spider!

other spider - size Toronto 1994, jpeg from video via Snappy, made by Dave Hrynkiw.

I really had the idea for the Spider mechanism all by myself - no outside inspiration or examples at all. But when I showed the preliminary drawings to the BEAMers, Dave Hrynkiw ( Solarbotics) yelled:

"I saw EXACTLY the same sort of robot at the BEAM Games in Toronto
in '94(?)"

He was supported by Richard Weait:

Dave's right (of course :-)  ) about the spider at BEAM - '94.
I think it was Rob from Ottawa (?)  It was powered through a 
tether, and skittered along on golf-ball-like feet.  It was pretty 
quick, but I believe it was run by switches trough the tether.  
Forward and reverse only, if I recall correctly.  I trust Rob (?) 
has carried the design further since then.

The designer's name is actually Mark Lanthier. He calls his `bot the Creeper, and it can be found on this page, which also shows a few other, multimotor critters and a rope-climbing device.

Toronto 1994, jpeg from video via Snappy, made by Dave Hrynkiw. other spider - front

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