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Hi all
I've been poking around the BB and thought that people might be interested in this awesome art.


Apologies if the link has already been posted.
Jen (n00bi3st n00b)


*Jaw dropping to the floor"

Oh my goodness! This guy is great! What beautys he produces there... and everything mechanical/pneumatic...

Ran Talbott

What a perfect time to bring this up:  right between the releases of the latest "Terminator" and "Transformers" movies  ;D

I think Jansen is over-reaching a bit in calling it "life",  but it is extremely awesome art.  And incredibly-ingenious engineering.



wow, that's amazing stuff.. i mean, the guy really has something going there...


Pretty interesting.  There's an awful lot of moving parts :o


See also http://www.instructables.com/community/theo_jansen_mechanism_1/

Mike Mc

Incredible engineering. The first thing that popped into my mind was that this is the perfect way for a planetary rover to get around using the power of the planets wind. The whole design is very lightweight. Even a motor powered unit would enable it to move over great distances quickly and more efficiently than a wheel.

Ran Talbott

We-e-l-l-l,  before packing one off to another planet,  I'd want to see a couple of them show a little "evolutionary initiative",  and spontaneously escape over the dunes  8-)

When I look at the videos,  I only see the Crochet Critters frolicking on surfaces that are pretty smooth,  flat,  firm,  and free of obstacles.  Unless their little feetsies are a lot heavier than they look,  Jansen's animals have a relatively high CG,  that can easily get outside their base of support on a fairly modest slope.

I suspect that an attempt to climb a dune against any but the gentlest of downslope breezes would turn them from "artificial animals" into "artificial tumbleweeds"  :'(



some lead horseshoes and a set of upgraded high torque motors should fix that  ;)

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