Test-driving the Electrobite, a trilobite-shaped DIY vehicle (BB Video)

By Xeni Jardin

Watch: MP4 download, YouTube, Dotsub (with captions/text translations).

electrokid.jpg In this episode of Boing Boing Video, we test-drive "Sarriugarteis (Odontochile) trilobiteis," also known as The Electrobite.

This trilobite-shaped DIY vehicle was created by "Oilpunk" enthusiasts Kyrsten Mate + Jon Sarriugarte, with help from fellow makers Amy Jenkins and Tansy Brooks.

Pesco previously blogged about the little bugger here -- it's even been to Burning Man, where it no doubt terrified some trippin' hippies.

We shot this inside the Tcho Chocolate warehouse (thanks, Timothy!), with help from Boing Boing pals Eddie Codel and John Behrens. Special thanks to Karen Marcelo, who also shot the incriminating photo below.


Published 9:09 am Wed, Nov 4, 2009

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About the Author

Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: xeni@boingboing.net.

10 Responses to “Test-driving the Electrobite, a trilobite-shaped DIY vehicle (BB Video)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Is that the world famous Babaloo I see behind Xeni? That explains why this project is so damn cool.

  2. paperwingsxangel says:

    It looks like half a dalek… DALEKMOBILE!!!

  3. dancentury says:

    Now that is really nice. If I tried to build something like that in New Jersey, I’d be declared weird, and then be beaten by a pack of humans wearing Yankee paraphernalia.

  4. alowishus says:

    “Wait, you left room for a propane tank just in case you want the trilobite to shoot fire out of its ass?”


  5. Anonymous says:

    It looks more like Tehrig from Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea. Which makes sense, considering he’s a robot designed basically like a trilobite as well. I just wanted to make the incredibly obscure reference.

  6. Anonymous says:

    lol…burners… Maybe 2010 Ill see you there. Skipped 09…

  7. Anonymous says:

    The trilobite shape is a shout out to the webcomic “Girl Genius,” where it happens to be the heroine’s heraldic sigil.

  8. Anonymous says:

    …very creative,although impractical…the artist is in serious need of a paying project it seems as well.

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is so cool, it’s – it’s – words fail me!