Tomi and Kati Hyyppa designed a spunky robotic beetle for Berlin’s event called Coding for Vinci that was held from April into July 2014. Their project was awarded the “funniest hack” prize, and it is indeed interesting.
Cyberbeetle is based on the gorgeous Chalcosoma atlas beetle species represented in the insect box scans of the museum fur Naturkunde. One interesting fact about this project is that this Cyberbeetle has his own hi-tech insect box with special features. The side-view of the box reveals small doors which when opened unveils a tiny home entertainment system with infrared sensors that tell Cyberbeetle it’s time to watch TV. Music videos within the insect add to the excitement.
The Cyberbeetle is usually a rather grumpy creature that crawls slowly and murmurs along the way, but as soon as the TV is switched on, he becomes very cheerful and dances little bit.
Watch this funny video: