Desktop “Strandbeest” walker

Craft & Design Robotics

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

4 thoughts on “Desktop “Strandbeest” walker

  1. mvajda says:

    Here’s a great video of Theo Jansen at GEL 2005 conference.

  2. Shadyman says:

    Wow. Just… Wow.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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