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Where does Theo Jansen get his foresight from?

Asked by MrsDufresne (3529 points ) March 4th, 2010

Moments ago, I discovered this video, and my mouth was open the whole time I was watching because I was in awe. I was curious about where Theo Jansen may get his inspiration and foresight to create these things.

Here is his official website. Check out the film section.

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wundayatta's avatar

I’m sure he reads a lot. He knows about genetics and evolution and mechanical engineering and computers and probably a lot more. He’s a tinkerer who probably grew up tinkering with machines in his basement or garage or something.

They may simulate everything on the computer first. There are programs that can simulate evolution. It allows for random “mutations” in the code for a “creature” and those that survive get reproduced. The same thing happens with his beach creatures.

This is how science meets engineering and gee whiz results.

Cruiser's avatar

OMG!! Incredible!! I am speechless! wow

MrsDufresne's avatar

@Cruiser That was my first reaction too!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

It’s scares me! lol!

Cruiser's avatar

@MrsDufresne I just watched it with my 10 yr old and he also sends his WOW!! Thanks for sharing!

MrsDufresne's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Yep, I know what you mean. Kind of like seeing a spider of some sort. That’s part of the reason it intrigued me so much.

@Cruiser You’re very welcome. :)

phoenyx's avatar

His stuff always reminds me of: http://sodaplay.com/play

MrsDufresne's avatar

@phoenyx Wow, that was fun! Thanks for the link!

Cruiser's avatar

@phoenyx Yo! Very Cool!!

Factotum's avatar

@phoenyx ty, I am charmed!

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