Watch a rad 1980s video of an experimental walking machine

This is Ohio State University's Adaptive Suspension Vehicle, an legged conveyance designed to conquer any terrain. This 1984 demo reel is all sorts of awesome. If I were an investor, the soundtrack's synthesizer stings would've sold me in a heartbeat.

You can read more about the ASV and check out some awesome photos of prototypes at Cybernetic Zoo. And for a similar, supervillain-appropriate transport, see GE's Walking Truck.

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