Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests Are a New Form of Life

Posted on March 14, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

Even if you’ve never thought of yourself as having an interest in modern art or engineering, or maybe you think you have no connection to design, biotechnology, science fiction, robotics, or the process of invention, stay with us for today’s TED Talk, because here’s something new that pushes the envelop of possibility way back for everyone:

Theo Jansen's Strandbeests 1

Theo Jansen expands our sense of wonder by few notches when we learn about his “strandbeests” – Dutch for “beach creature” – which roam Dutch beaches under their own seemingly perpetual power. In Jansen’s TED Talk, he’ll roll all the previously mentioned disciplines into an extraordinary eight minutes for you.

But before we get to the TED Talk, let’s start with a sneak peak of Jansen’s strandbeests:

Mind-bending, huh? There seems to be a lot more fun than we thought at the intersection of science and design; see what you think in Jansen’s TED Talk, below:

Via: TED 2

Fabulous smile material there, huh? No telling where this will take things, but it’s very easy to imagine a youthful mind getting hold of this and running with it in some direction we can’t imagine. Should be exciting to watch how other innovators springboard from here.

Take four minutes to see many, many more of Jansen’s mesmerizing creations in action with the beautiful melody of “Spartacus_Ballet Suite No. 2: Adagio” playing in the background. It’s one last great visual today to leave you with even more relaxed wonder. Enjoy!

Not much more to say on this one folks! Just a sigh and a smile for one more step in the case for positivity and possibility!

If you’d like to learn more from fabulous thinkers and doers, then you’ll need to be sure you know my friend TED(.com) very well.  This was one of the very first TED Talks that I ever saw, and I must say that it hooked me forever.

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