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Comments on Hexapod Emotional Spider Robot Sees Your Face
Crawly, but not creepy - that's Hexapod the emotionally expressive robot spider. (Read the complete story)

"Here's another shot that shows how Hexapod appeals to children:


(Hexapod confronts the children)

'A huge number of children will be seeing Wall-E, and it seemed interest in robots was higher than ever,' said Holly Cave of the museum.

'We wanted to do something where children can get up close and interact with the robots. For most of them it will probably be the first time they've seen a robot up close. We hope the exhibit will make them think about robots, and whether or not they can really form an emotional attachment to them.'"
(Bill Christensen 8/5/2008 9:11:34 AM)

"James H. Schmitz beat Asimov to it by 6 years, with the Sheem Robots, a set of War Robots each modeled after a different creature. (the one that appears in the story is the Sheem Assassin, which was modeled after a hunting spider) It's described in part in a couple places in the book, tho the main chars don't find out until later that it is a war robot. "The screen lit up -- for a second or two. Then it was dark again. The screen was still on. The light in the storage compartment had been cut off. But they'd seen the robot for the moments it was visible. The great dark spider-shape crouched near the storage entry. Its unfettered master stood a dozen feet from it. Yango had looked up quickly as the screen view appeared, startled comprehension in his face, before his hand darted to the lighting switches beside the entry door. Cargo cases throughout the compartment had been shifted and tumbled about as though the bulky robot had forced a passage for itself through them... That wasn't the worst of it. 'You saw what happened to the side of the vault?' the captain asked unsteadily. They'd seen it. 'Burned out!' Vezzarn said, whitefaced. 'High intensity -- a combat beam! It'd take that. It's an old war robot he's got with him, skipper. You can't stop a thing like that... What do we do now?'" That's from when they first realize just what the Sheem Spider was, tho later descriptions give much more detail about it's capabilities. (it was formed mostly of forcefields, manifesting as solid material, which allows it to have higher strength/durability than a purely physical construction, as well as allowing it to be stored in a smaller space, simply by deactivating the forcefields) That was from the book "The Witches of Karres," copyright 1966."
(Ashley 8/5/2008 5:02:39 PM)
"Ashley - thanks so much for pointing this out! I've added Sheem Spider Robot and Self-Assembling Robots to the technovelgy index."
(Bill Christensen 8/6/2008 8:18:14 AM)
"Always when these hexapods or similar robots pop up, I have to mention the Stargate tv-series replicators, which look like the hexapod from the story. http://www.sg-ol.com/images/join_images/replicator.gif Of course the replicators were not friendly, they were using anything they got their legs onto as building materials for more replicators."
(StarGate 8/6/2008 12:12:44 PM)

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