Art plus Science equals New Life Form

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PostFri Oct 22, 2010 6:37 pm » by Septeloid


I just fell upon this today.

Truly fascinating.

Theo Jansen has created what he calls life, from plastic & wooden rods and plastic bottles. He also calls it a 're-invention of the wheel'

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Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been working for 16 years to create sculptures that move on their own in eerily lifelike ways. Each generation of his "Strandbeests" is subject to the forces of evolution, with successful forms moving forward into new designs. Jansen's vision and long-term commitment to his wooden menagerie is as fascinating to observe as the beasts themselves.

His newest creatures walk without assistance on the beaches of Holland, powered by wind, captured by gossamer wings that flap and pump air into old lemonade bottles that in turn power the creatures' many plastic spindly legs. The walking sculptures look alive as they move, each leg articulating in such a way that the body is steady and level. They even incorporate primitive logic gates that are used to reverse the machine's direction if it senses dangerous water or loose sand where it might get stuck.

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PostFri Oct 22, 2010 7:18 pm » by Thebluecanary


That is amazing!
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PostFri Oct 22, 2010 9:01 pm » by Poe2you


Wow. Lots of long term applications for this stuff. Imagine making these creatures from carbon-fiber materials and upgrading their brains. Low cost way of making an independent creature that could roam another planet. Or how about as a machine that can carry a human, for true carbon-less transportation over almost every possible terrain? Hmmmm......

"Hello, Mr Jansen? This is NASA calling and we would like to speak to you...."
*Think*

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PostFri Oct 22, 2010 10:04 pm » by Ironshroom


very, very cool.

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PostFri Oct 22, 2010 10:09 pm » by Tertiusgaudens


Very, very nice...
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PostFri Oct 22, 2010 10:21 pm » by Mushroom


Is it only me who thought it was a joke.. I laughed at the end especially. :banana:

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PostFri Oct 22, 2010 10:23 pm » by Tertiusgaudens


Yeah, me too....
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PostWed Oct 27, 2010 8:11 am » by Soulbinder


quite amazing indeed.. so what's next?



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