June 24, 2021

Making machines that walk

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Advancing a new system of locomotion step by step (literally)
Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been working on his Strandbeests, kinetic sculptures capable of locomotion, since the 1990s. As part of their development he’s devised wheel-free ways for them to move, like these gear-driven “legs:”

Other artists and creators like Jansen’s countryman Janno Smits took note of the former’s developments, creating animations like this to deconstruct how they work:

Last year a Jacksonville-based artist named Ron Schroer built a similar movement mechanism to drive his Boneshaker Bigwheel bicycle:

Boneshaker Big Wheel 2014 incarnation from Ron Schroer on Vimeo.
Izzy Swan, too, was bitten by the gear-driven-legs bug. And, Swan being Swan, he of course made his variant powered by a 20-volt drill.

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