Meet Trilobot, the Mars Spirit's Long Lost, Endearingly Stupid Third Cousin

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Just seeing the serious-looking picture above, you'd be forgiven for thinking the solar-powered Trilobot had crawled out of some Caltech basement lab, or shared a desert proving ground with a certain recently-immobilized Martian rover. Nope! It's art. Goofy art.

Designed by Dan Roe as a "kinetic art" project, the Trilobot seems perfectly content to just kinda roll around, climbing over some obstacles and bouncing off the rest. For how simple it is, though, it's surprisingly nimble: it can wiggle through some pretty gnarly rock gardens with its swiveling legs. And as far as things with wheels go, it's kind of adorable. [Engadget]