Posts Tagged ‘Spiders’

“Siemens has an army of spider robots”

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Well, isn’t this a lovely, cheerful thing to contemplate?

It’s expensive to build an automated factory, and even more pricey to repurpose one. German manufacturing giant Siemens wants that to change, and they’ve developed an army of robot spiders to make it happen.

Utilizing what Siemens calls “mobile manufacturing” researchers in Princeton, New Jersey have build prototype spider-bots that work together to 3D print structures and parts in real time. Known as SiSpis, or Siemens Spiders, these robots work together to accomplish tasks, and can be reprogramed to learn new jobs.

The ability to be reprogramed gives the bots an advantage over traditional manufacturing robots. Opening an industrial manufacturing factory currently means installing expensive robots that can only do one or two tasks well. In theory, the SiSpis’ programing can be altered to address new tasks, allowing for greater flexibility for manufactures.

As a devotee of spider-menace movies, I think I know exactly how this will turn out. Why, the SyFy Channel movie practically writes itself. (As does the inevitable sequel, Spiderbots vs. Lavalanchula…)

Halloween: Giant Flying Spider

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Not particularly convincing up close, but it doesn’t have to be…

Library Additions: Signed Neil Gaiman Tasmanian Cave Spider Book

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

So a while back I got word of Neil Gaiman being involved in a benefit for a project involving (I kid you not) Tasmanian cave spider sex. He’s evidently quite the Tasmaniophile, having spent his honeymoon with Amanda Palmer in Hobart. It sounded like an odd, interesting project, and the sort of thing to drive Gaiman completists crazy if they didn’t presupport, so I went ahead and ponied up for the deluxe package, which was, IIRC, a bit over $100 for both books.

Now, finally both books from the Sixteen Legs project have come in:

  • Gaiman, Neil, with Niall Doran, Craig Wellington and Jodee Taylah (artist). Sixteen Legs Production Art: A Visit to the Queen of the Dark. Bookend Trust, 2015. First edition hardback, one of an undetermined number (though probably just over 100 copies, given that there are just under 100 names (including my own) listed under Premium Supporters on page 43) of the Limited Deluxe Edition signed by the three authors and the artist, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket in decorated boards, as issued.

    16Legs QueenB 1

  • Doran, Niall, Alastastair Richardson, Joe Shemesh. Kinky Love: Mating of the Tasmanian Cave Spider. Bookend Trust, 2015. First edition hardback, one of an undetermined number of signed copies, a Fine copy, sans dust jacket in decorated boards, as issued.

    16Legs Kinky

  • Your Creepy Halloween Spider Post

    Thursday, October 30th, 2014

    I’m running out of Halloween season, so it’s time for a post on that perennial source of creepiness: Spiders.

    There are few things that triggers our primal fear reflex more than spiders, so here’s a Whitman’s Spider Sampler of Creepiness.

  • Here’s a family whose house was infested with deadly brown recluses.
  • If you’re afraid of spiders, you almost certainly don’t want to work at a tarantula farm.
  • An encounter with the South American Goliath birdeater spider whose feet can stretch a foot in diameter.
  • I’ve tried to avoid the common gifs everyone’s already seen, but I am intrigued by this completely unconvincing, yet oddly unnerving film snippet, and I’d like to know what (presumably silent) film it’s from:

    Here’s the exceptionally creepy spider attack from The Mist:

    And here’s Cyriak’s deeply disturbing “Cobwebs”:

    Let’s end on a lighter note. There’s a Simon’s Cat with a spider:

    And this:

    I Would Totally Buy This Halloween Prop…

    Thursday, October 31st, 2013

    …if it weren’t $5,100.

    Also, this is nicely creepy:

    Oversized Arachnid Cinema

    Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

    Looks like I’ve been falling down on my Giant Spider reporting duties. A retro black-and-white giant spider film has been released called, oddly enough, The Giant Spider.

    There’s an IMDB listing for it as well.

    Big Ass Spider

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

    Here’s a trailer for the forthcoming film Big Ass Spider:

    It’s every bit as good as you would expect a trailer for a film called Big Ass Spider to be.

    I’m pretty sure the intro at the beginning of the clip was timed just right to make the bikini volleyball scene show up as the default YouTube image…

    Giant Mechnical Spider

    Sunday, June 6th, 2010

    I like to think of Futuramen as a “go to” blog for giant spider news. I mean, after all, if I’m not going to do it, who will?

    So when two guys actually build a functioning mechanical spider to ride in for $15,000, you know I’m going to be all over that.

    And here’s a video of it running around Burning Man at night:

    Lots more video here.

    (Hat tip: Fark.)

    World War II: Now With Giant Mechanical Spider

    Monday, January 25th, 2010

    Embrace the anachronism arachnoid mechanism.

    Postscript: And as long as we’re linking to films about big-ass mechanical things attacking people, check this out.