Stompy is an 18-feet wide, 4,000 pound, 6-legged hydraulic robot that was recently launched on Kickerstarter. It is born out of Project Hexapod, a team of three instructors and a group of students based in Somerville, Massachusetts. Stompy can walk over rough terrain and mountainous areas, and carry 1,000 pounds while walking 2-3 mph, or up to 4,000 pounds at 1 mph.
It is perfect for disaster areas where navigation is tough. The team has designed 80 percent of Stompy’s chassis, has the engine and hydraulic power unit running for the full scale robot, and they have developed low cost computer controlled hydraulic joint designs.
Stompy still needs more funding though. You can check it out on Kickstarter. When they finish the robot, they will have a series of demo days and festivals where you can get rides, drive it and more.