(Alternate words: range, relay, racing, and reinvent. In this case, repair was chosen because it was the only word which was submitted independently twice.
With special thanks to Jennifer Linsky on G+, whose article post finally let me break a week-long creative block.)
Spiders. Why did it have to be spiders?
I’m not an arachnophobe. Not, dammit. I had that taken out years ago, I’ll have you know.
And I know all the good reasons why your repair-clanks are the shape they are. Multiple legs for maximum flexibility of stance and attachment and wielding many tools at once. Multiple eyes to examine a work-piece from all angles and in several different spectra. A rounded central body to minimize the possibility of scratches from sharp corners.
And that’s not hair. It’s just that branching fractal nanomanipulators look… fuzzy, to the naked eye.
But put a couple of dozen of them in one place, all swarming over the job together chittering at each other in modulated-binary, and…
Well, anyway. You just take care of it as you see fit, and I’ll sign off on it when I get back. I’m off to see a soph about some follow-up psychedesign.