I, for one, welcome our new multi-ton shambling steel robot overlords

Animaris Rhinoceros Transport
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...

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15 Responses:

  1. zonereyrie says:

    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.

  2. I wonder if it could be steered. And how would it turn?

  3. dmlaenker says:

    Jesus. Like something out of fantasy.

  4. vincentbondy says:

    Am I mistaken, or are there two people pushing that thing from behind in the video?

  5. mooflyfoof says:

    Holy god that is awesome. I'd love to see that thing in person. Seems like the perfect Burning Man project. Heh.

  6. riffraff says:

    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.

  7. netik says:

    Enjoyed it enough to redistribute, enh? :)

    Beat you by 1hr.


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  9. jkow says:

    don't ever just leave this thing alone on the beach,... just imagine a little more wind coming up.