Hexbug is a brand of toy automatons developed and distributed by Innovation First. Hexbug was inspired by BEAM robotics, and uses many elements of it. Originally released in the US through Radio Shack, it is now sold in most major retail stores. The original was based on 6-legged arthropods, but now comes in several different varieties. The name Hexbug, however, has more to do with the shape of the packaging it is sold in than the number of legs it has.