Field Project

One of the things that inspired me personally to want to make a walking robot is Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest. Its majestic yet uncontrollable movements give it a sentient quality which I love.

I have always found sentient seeming mecha interesting and fantastical. This wind powered beast seems to come to life and somehow work along side nature rather than go against it (which is what robots are often thought of to do).

I think this is partially why I wanted to base my robot of some sort of life form, because making it makes it seem far more alive. As a group, we found that by the end of the project we had all become really quite attached to our little robot – We liked it even though we knew it wasn’t sentient. I find this a very interesting and very human thing.


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