Mechanical Spider using klann Mechanism

Mechanical Spider using klann Mechanism

It has been a hobby for a number of years to develop a bicycle without wheels that could walk. It would move on legs and resemble a large insect. A linkage was developed that satisfied the design criteria and several small-scale prototypes were built that demonstrated the concept.
Applications for the linkage go beyond human-powered machines. The links are connected by pivot joints and convert the rotating motion of the crank into the movement of a foot similar to that of an animal walking.
Two of these legs coupled together at the crank can act as a wheel replacement and provide vehicles with a greater ability to handle obstacles and travel across uneven terrain while providing a smooth even ride. Initially it was called the Spider Bike but the applications for this linkage have expanded well beyond the initial design purpose of a human-powered walking machine. This linkage could be utilized almost anywhere a wheel is employed from small wind-up toys to large vehicles capable of transporting people.

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