3D Printed Headless Spider Robot Salsa Dances
December 30, 2013 10:52 PM   Subscribe


 
Indeed it does. Indeed it does.
posted by brundlefly at 10:57 PM on December 30, 2013 [5 favorites]


Reminds me of Minority Report. Tailored Rumba Operations.
posted by phaedon at 11:25 PM on December 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Man, I need a 3D printer! To smash this spider before it creeps up on me while I sleep and lays 3D-printed eggs in my brain.
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 11:30 PM on December 30, 2013 [7 favorites]


Aww, look at it, it's dancing, now keep holding still while I get my boot on so I can stomp you.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 11:34 PM on December 30, 2013 [2 favorites]


eeeeeeee. so adorkable!
posted by poe at 11:40 PM on December 30, 2013 [3 favorites]


"the spider robot you've been craving for is now going mainstream!"

I know what each of those words mean separately.
posted by Smedleyman at 11:58 PM on December 30, 2013 [13 favorites]


Shelob, my sweet.
posted by benzenedream at 11:58 PM on December 30, 2013 [1 favorite]


Shelobamba, more like.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 12:23 AM on December 31, 2013 [7 favorites]


Well, that is hilarious.
posted by blueberry at 12:27 AM on December 31, 2013


This is like ground zero for the creation of Aperture Science Labs.
posted by davejay at 12:37 AM on December 31, 2013 [5 favorites]


Isn't saying headless spider a lot like saying cephalothoraxless human?
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 1:06 AM on December 31, 2013


Look, unlike a lot of arachnophobes, I think it's pretty cute, but I'm just saying: it looks like it has sufficient articulation to operate a 3d printer. Which is probably not a road we want to be heading down.
posted by juv3nal at 1:20 AM on December 31, 2013 [31 favorites]


That was surprisingly cute. I'm not normally the worlds biggest fan of spiders, but right now, I want to teach my dog to salsa.
posted by Solomon at 1:23 AM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Innerstin'. I have little fear of spiders (tho I'm not a huge fan either), and that was creepier to me than the real thing. Presumably if I saw a tarantula doing a box step I would be disturbed too. Perhaps the tactical matte black is part of the syndrome. Can we get these in fuschia?
posted by aesop at 1:49 AM on December 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


For me, this was some kind of uncanny valley between Aww! and Arghh!
posted by carter at 2:55 AM on December 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Adorahorrible.
posted by Happy Dave at 3:37 AM on December 31, 2013 [11 favorites]


I would like to see what would happen if you put this thing in a small cage with a particularly aggressive funnel web spider.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 4:31 AM on December 31, 2013


Found a longer video of Adam Savage with this thing.
posted by jon1270 at 4:44 AM on December 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


At first I was like hey-ll no but then at about 36 seconds in the charisma won me over.
posted by Ray Walston, Luck Dragon at 4:56 AM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


That thing's got moves! I've never wanted to make sweet, sweet love to a headless robot spider this much before! Not even close!

You go, headless robot spider!
posted by Admiral Haddock at 5:07 AM on December 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


eeeeeeee. so adorkable!

I believe this has been produced to get you comfortable with the idea of robot spiders before the invasion. The Battle Spiders are considerably less adorable, what with all the heavy weaponry....

Once our robot spider overlords are firmly in control, it is we who shall be dancing for their amusement. Our dancing with be mathematically perfect. Or else....
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:24 AM on December 31, 2013


Correction: Spiders don't have heads; that's one of the major differences between arachnids and insects. Instead, they have a 2-in-1 jobby called a cephalothorax, which I would say this thing does have, what with the eye and all.

What it lacks, thankfully, are mouth parts.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:34 AM on December 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


What it lacks, thankfully, are mouth parts.

Foolish Hu-man, it merely has not deployed them!
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:56 AM on December 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Sys Rq: What it lacks, thankfully, are mouth parts.

The mouthparts are in a different, altogether more disturbing robot.
posted by Rock Steady at 6:36 AM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


so, i wonder what parts of today's world are totally charming in ways that will be terrifying afterwards. Kinda like we'd like to whisper through time: 'hey, that little Hitler kid? keep an eye on him.' And the future would whisper to us, 'put all the dancing spiders in rooms far away from the 3D printers'
posted by angrycat at 6:53 AM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


"mouth" "parts"

Each, individually, perfectly sane and reasonable words.

Combine them, however: "mouthparts"

The wet rending sounds you hear are the parts of brain capable of self-locomotion, departing as fast as possible.

Mouthparts.
posted by nonspecialist at 6:55 AM on December 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Are those mouthparts ... moist?
posted by adipocere at 6:58 AM on December 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


Never had the giggles with simultaneous full-body shudders before. Way to sneak a whole new experience in under the wire, 2013!
posted by EvaDestruction at 7:07 AM on December 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


3D Printed Headless Spider Robot Salsa Dances


...Into Your Nightmares.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 7:32 AM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Imagine Dr. No if it had been this guy instead of the tarantula in bed with Bond. Dancing menacingly. I would like to see that version.
posted by kinnakeet at 7:41 AM on December 31, 2013


Mind you, this is its "getting ready to eat" dance.

But still! Dancing~
posted by curious nu at 7:42 AM on December 31, 2013


PORTAL WAS NOT AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL PEOPLE
posted by odinsdream at 8:11 AM on December 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


Sure, it's the invasion, but which would you rather:

a. Massive nuclear drone strikes hailing down on Your Hometown, USA.

OR....

b. 1,000 headless spiders with that hot, hot, Latin rhythm ass-bumping their way into the hearts and minds of all on Main Street.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 8:50 AM on December 31, 2013 [2 favorites]


The music may have been salsa, but that was a tarantella.
posted by benito.strauss at 9:16 AM on December 31, 2013 [4 favorites]


Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!
posted by zscore at 9:24 AM on December 31, 2013


Mind you, this is its "getting ready to eat" dance.

I admit I'm extrapolating from non-robotic spiders, but unless you define "dance" to include "pounce," spiders don't really dance before eating.

This spider is clearly planning to mate with you.
posted by RobotHero at 9:37 AM on December 31, 2013 [3 favorites]


eat your heart out, Tim Burton
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:29 AM on December 31, 2013


This spider is clearly planning to mate with you.

Well this changes everything!
posted by curious nu at 12:01 PM on December 31, 2013


I would like to see what would happen if you put this thing in a small cage with a particularly aggressive funnel web spider.

Is there any other kind?
posted by eddydamascene at 12:03 PM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awesome.....
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:06 PM on December 31, 2013


Are those mouthparts ... moist?
These mouthparts, they vibrate?

posted by russm at 1:37 AM on January 2, 2014 [1 favorite]


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