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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Strandbeest at the Exploratorium

We got to visit the Exploratorium in San Francisco this past weekend, and saw Theo Jansen's Strandbeest Exhibit. For those of you that haven't seen a Strandbeests, prepare to have your mind blown.

This rare opportunity to see the Strandbeests in person, will be at the Exploratorium from now until September 5, 2016. I strongly urge you to check them out while you can. The Exploatorium has something for everyone, lots of amazing hands on science, and fun for the whole family. Check out some of our pictures here

I took some videos, showing a couple of the Strandbeests in action. My son and I got to push them around! It was actually easier to move than I had thought! I still can't figure out the compressed air/pistons mechanism, even up close studying them. I'm not sure if I'm more impressed with the art of the machine, or the artist who made the machine. Either way, just awe inspiring.

My Hamster walker was also on display there, as part of this Strandbeest exhibit. This is the second time that I've had my tinkerings displayed at the Exploratorium. The first time was showing my steam robots, and talked about making Skylanders toys:  toys:
My Hamster walker is also on Display
Exploratorium website here:
Strandbeest website here:


  1. Today was the last day too see the exhibition!!! And of course, the legendary "Hamster Walker"!

    1. I wish the Strandbeests exhibit could be perniment! truly astonishing seeing them in real life :)

    2. Have you ever thought of working on another awesome robot (like the ones you used to make) ?

    3. Haha, of course. I just haven't had the time or energy. When I'm freed up more, I'll get back to it :)

  2. Yeah, I find it really cool too. I super impressed with the inventor, just WOW!