The Animaris Rhinoceros Transport is a type of animal with a steel skeleton and a polyester skin. It looks as if there is a thick layer of sand coating the animal. It weighes 2. tons, but can be set into motion by one person. It stands 4.70 meters tall. Because of its height it catches enough wind to start moving.
Watch the video!
More at strandbeest.com; I've linked to Theo Jansen's freaky wind-powered walking machines before, and they're still kind of hard to believe...
That is impressive. It is hard to believe that walking motion, on such a large object, is powered by the wind. It really looks cool.
I wonder if it could be steered. And how would it turn?
gee, ya think so? I think that's been around since the mid-90s. But the post reminded me of it.
I felt the double-quotes sufficiently indicated my oh-so-ironic attitude towards the term there included.
Though, perhaps, the response belies my thinking that constructor is probably one of the coolest toys I've played with.
Jesus. Like something out of fantasy.
Am I mistaken, or are there two people pushing that thing from behind in the video?
That's called "tacking," on land.
Holy god that is awesome. I'd love to see that thing in person. Seems like the perfect Burning Man project. Heh.
as per my latest post, itconversations.com has a session with Theo at Pop!Tech 2005 here. enjoy.
i now have subscribed to more podcasts than i will ever be able to listen to.
Enjoyed it enough to redistribute, enh? :)
Beat you by 1hr.
don't ever just leave this thing alone on the beach,... just imagine a little more wind coming up.