High schoolers create face-tracking spiderbot, Tom Selleck comes out of retirement

Joseph L. Flatley
J. Flatley|09.15.08

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Joseph L. Flatley
September 15, 2008 12:45 PM
High schoolers create face-tracking spiderbot, Tom Selleck comes out of retirement

We're not entirely sure that you can call a six-legged arthropod a spider, but let's not quibble over biology: this robot looks pretty cool. At the moment about all it can do is poise for attack and track faces using a built-in webcam (and what looks like proprietary face-recognition software), but the designers (high school students David Benhaim and Owen McGarry) assure us that they will be implementing the ability to walk -- and terrify your little sister -- shortly. One thing's for sure: we wish we'd done something like this in high school (they machine-lathed the parts themselves!) instead of playing Ultima and stealing beer... but you can't win them all. Check a video of the bot in action after the break.

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