Japan’s Chiba Institute of Technology started a new YouTube channel, and CrunchGear compiled a best of list, three videos of which are embedded below. The first is the Hyperion 4, a four-legged robot being developed to carry a person or load through a rugged terrain. It’s not as cool as the Mondo Spider, and I’ll inevitably get kvetched at for calling something 4-legged a spider, but screw you voice in my head; it looks like a giant spider to me. A spider who lost four legs in a war. How dare you tell a heroic veteran he’s not a real spider? Shame on you, voice in my head.
The second video is a quick clip of a robot that mimics a butterfly, and the third is slo-mo footage of a horrifying robot that can quickly jump up 8″ tall steps. I want to put it on a down escalator and have them battle for supremacy. The winner fights the giant war veteran spider. He’s the fiercest killer in the entire robot kingdom.
[Three more videos over at CrunchGear]