Christian Long

Theo Jansen: Creates New Creatures

In TED Talks on May 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Extra credit reflection by ALEX C.

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Theo Jansen:  Creates New Creatures

In his talk Theo Jansen presents his creation. In a way he is playing God or whoever created life in your respected religion. He wants to make a new form of life that would populate the beaches of Holland and the Netherlands.

His creatures look to be made up of giant toothpicks, but in fact they are made out of something called electricity tube, which is what they call it in Holland. He wants to put these creatures on beaches to live and survive on their own.

They will get there energy not from food, but from the wind which will blow on feathers on their back causing their feet to move. He has named the various species and he puts to the test survival of the fittest. He bases his creatures are based on genetic codes because each ‘animal’ (Mr. Jansen refers to the creatures as animals) is different. He races the creatures and the winning creature’ codes will multiply.

Mr. Jansen likes to refer to these new animals as the new wheel, they can move over the sand very easily while a bicycle would probably get stuck.

Here are some interesting features.

1. All the creatures have feelers (sensors) that can sense when the animal is too close to the water and it will reverse into the other direction.

2. When the wind has died down and the animal is close to the water there is a back up supply of wind, kept in bottles, to help the animals move away from the water if the tide is rising.

During a storm the nose of an animal will drive a pin into the ground keeping it firm in the ground.

Soon theses beasts of creatures will be living on their own on the beaches.

It seems that Mr. Jansen has thought of all precautionary measures my concern is what happens if a kid start climbing around the animal and gets their head stuck in between some of the tubes.


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