Insect robot that brings robotics to the amateur

Six-legged robot HEXA isn't simply a slightly creepy, over-sized insect that will scare your children. It's a highly adaptable robot open to developers, allowing them to practice programming and coding skills, using simple commands.

BEIJING (REUTERS) - It might look like a creepy, over-sized insect.

But Hexa could be the next big thing in programmable robots.

It has been developed by Chinese start-up Vincross.

Says Xu Kaiqiang, 23, chief operating officer of Vincross: "Hexa has a camera, range sensor, night vision function, and gravity sensor. There's an internal port, which can be used to sense information from the outside world. After Hexa has captured that information, it can control every joint and move around."

Basic functions are pre-programmed, but more advanced ones can be programmed by gesture, phone signals, and other stimuli.

Users can share new programs they have created with other Hexa customers via its Skill Store.

A Kickstarter campaign raised more than double the US$100,000 (S$134,850)  needed to go into production.

Backers will receive their models in February.