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Erle-Spider, an Ubuntu-based drone with six legs, launches on Indiegogo

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Erle Robotics has launched an Indiegogo campaign for what it claims is the "first smart robotic spider powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core," which is a "transactionally updated Ubuntu for clouds and devices." The six-legged robot weighs just over 2 kilograms (4.4lbs) and has 45 minutes of autonomy, according to the company.

Indiegogo options include a basic kit for about £250 ($400), and an assembled version for around £420 ($640). If the main Indiegogo goal of $50,000 (about £33,000) is exceeded, the stretch goals include a free Android app to replace the simple wireless gamepad that is included with the system ($100,000 pledged), and the addition of a 5-megapixel camera to all models if $150,000 is pledged. Oddly, there doesn't seem to be a stretch goal to add two extra legs.

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