Slow Down, Da Vinci: A Drill Powered Walking Machine

July 9, 2015


This is the cordless drill powered walking machine built by Izzy Swan of Think Woodworks (previously: his all-in-one folding table and chairs) and inspired by the kinetic sculptures of Theo Jansen. I wish I was better at making things out of wood. I tried to build a birdhouse once but forgot to cut a hole for the door. Now all the birds in the neighborhood hate me and shit on my car every chance they get. One time I left the sunroof open and it looked like somebody dumped a whole cup of raspberry fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt in my seat.

Keep going for a video of the build process and finished product.

Thanks to AdamZ, who agrees it's only a matter of time till HoverRound starts marketing drill-powered walking machines to disabled hipsters.

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  • Jenness

    That's a pretty stout dude to be carted around like that. Pretty amazing that thing was able to push him so easily. That's awesome.

  • timeiskey

    theo jansen mechanism is escellent for weight and in this case it holds very little

  • Forgoten Null

    I think they were more amazed about the fact that it was propelling him forward as easily as it did, rather than making a comment about it's weight bearing capacity.

    No offense, but your reading comprehension could use some work.

  • kevin

    Actually what timeiskey said was relevant and informative. Jenness is amazed that it can push him so easily even though he's "stout" ie thick or large.

    "theo jansen mechanism is escellent for weight and in this case it holds very little" acknowledges what she said + answers a question she might have.

    timeiskey is saying that the reason it can move him so easily despite his weight is because it's based on the theo jansen mechanism. We can assume that the theo jansen mechanism is a machine that moves because we watched the video. We can also assume that usually the mechanism can operate under proportionally more weight because timeiskey told us that "in this case it holds very little."

    If we combine that, then timeiskey has told us that it moves the guy so easily despite being big, because the machine is designed to do just that, and can usually move a lot more weight.

    timeiskey, even through incorrect grammar and spelling, understood and answered her question, while you, using perfect grammar failed at what you said timeiskey "could use some work" on -reading comprehension.

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