The work of Dutch physicist-turned-artist Theo Jansen has inspired many, including us here at MAKE. His amazing “Strandbeest” (beach animals), giant wind-driven walking sculptures, are staggeringly cool. A number of miniature machine and robot builders have tried to incorporate some of Jensen’s ideas into their own work. Here, a Japanese maker has built a tabletop walking machine that uses a leg configuration similar to the Strandbeest.

Strandbeest-Desktop (Theo Jansen´s mechanism) – Link


  • Interview with Theo Jansen… – Link
  • The Walking Building – Link

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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