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It’s amazing how much the work of Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen continues to inspired people. Here’s one of his “Strandbeest” walking mechanisms done in paper.

Theo Jansen-inspired Arduino walker
Interview with Theo Jansen…
Reader mail: Theo Jansen signs MAKE!
Desktop “Strandbeest” walker

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.



  1. dbrunker says:

    Aaargh! Don’t just show us what you can do, tell us HOW to do it!

  2. Patrick says:

    yeah why else do we pay for the online version of Make. me wants to have. I don’t have anything else to do during the christmas holidays……please help me!

  3. mtbf0 says:

    how did you guys miss this one?

  4. Andrew says:

    This Youtube Video ( gives a good piece-by-piece rundown of how the mechanism works, combine that with what you see in the video and you should be able to make your own…

  5. Eric Lin says:

    Download link?

  6. Eric Lin says:

    Download link?