A real-life hexapod robot featuring full controller support and working claw has drawn comparisons to Cyberpunk 2077’s Flathead surveillance unit.
A Cyberpunk 2077 fan has shared a real-life interpretation of the game’s Flathead surveillance bot, controlled using an Xbox Series X/S controller. The bug-like hexapod looks a lot like the game’s Militech MT0D12 “Flathead” unit, a Militech bot used for reconnaissance missions. In robotics, hexapods are robots that walk on six legs, often drawing comparisons to insects.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an infamous first-person RPG action game set in a dystopian future. Cyberpunk 2077 is controversial due to its bugs, launching with countless performance issues and glitches, with many being game-breaking. Players have found that PC versions of the game are most reliable, while base Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles tend to suffer the worst. The PS4 problems caused the game to be temporarily pulled from digital sale via PlayStation Store due to Sony’s concern over its condition. While the game is considered to be much more playable now, Sony has advised gamers not to play on base PS4 consoles, suggesting the PS4 Pro model or PS5 for the best experience. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan explained the reasoning behind the decision, saying the PlayStation Store pulled Cyberpunk 2077 “for the community.“
Reddit user HellhoundGuy recently discovered a real-world hexapod with a striking resemblance to Cyberpunk‘s Flathead. The robot comes from creator Wingman94, who has detailed the process of making the 3D-printed micro-servo bot (named “ZeroBug”) on their YouTube channel. HellhoundGuy crossposted the find to the r/cyberpunkgame subreddit, where gamers praised Wingman94 for their incredible build. On their Hackaday page, the technician explains ZeroBug is powered by Raspberry Pi Zero and a STM32F103, with features including a custom locomotion engine, web interface with keyboard and mouse input, plus full controller support via Bluetooth. ZeroBug is even able to pick up and manipulate objects thanks to its claw, as seen in the video below. For those interested in robotics but concerned over price, Wingman94 said that creating ZeroBug cost just “150-200€ for the whole robot,” which is around $177 to $237.
CD Projekt Red’s focus on technology and cybernetics in its latest title means there are lots of robots in Cyberpunk 2077. However, it doesn’t seem like this creation is specifically based on Flathead itself. Wingman94 states that the design is actually inspired by a hexapod created by Matt Denton, named MSR-uBug. While it seems that ZeroBug is a passion project rather than an homage to Flathead, the two do look similar. Cyberpunk 2077‘s Flathead is able to scale walls, which might just be out of ZeroBug’s power, though its leg mechanisms are impressive, to say the least. Wingman94 explains: “To get the robot walking, the STM32 handles leg locomotion, inverse kinematics and controls its 18 servos. All of these calculations run at 50Hz, enabling the Hexapod to move smoothly and with high precision. Its compact frame is fully 3D printed.” Thanks to ZeroBug’s claw, it looks like it would make a highly useful partner in combat, albeit a bit of a slow one.
Cyberpunk 2077 has seen many patches and improvements since its 2020 launch but still suffers from glitches, performance issues, and some instability. CD Projekt Red has deemed Cyberpunk‘s stability “satisfactory,“ but is still continuing to work on bugs and general performance. The game, which was first announced in 2012, was delayed a few times in the months leading up to launch, but still released with many flaws. The developer is releasing new-gen versions of the game later this year, which will hopefully be a lot more stable.
Cyberpunk 2077 is available on PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC, and it will launch on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in 2021.
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