motion kinematics&dynamics studies 001 _ nss

jansen mechanism

Theo Jansen, a Dutch artist and kinetic scultpor, born in March 14, 1948, builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals and are able to walk using the wind on the beaches. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering.

8 links per leg
120 degrees of crank rotation per stride.
3 legs will replace a wheel.
Counterclockwise rotation of the crank.

Step height is primarily achieved by a parallel linkage in the leg that is folded during the cycle angling the lower portion of the leg.

“The walls between art and engineering exist only in our minds.” Theo Jansen

You can find a cool flash simulation of theo jansen mechanism here