By Mark Frauenfelder at 12:11 pm Tue, Aug 2, 2011
[Video Link] Dug North says: "An unexpected sneak preview of my latest automaton prototype taken by a passerby at a local festival this weekend and uploaded to YouTube."
Crazed giant beast hand-cranked automaton protoype
Technorati Tags: Art & Design, Maker
Excellent! Looking forward to seeing the finished piece!
Thanks! You will see it soon!
Oh my god I want to be as talented as you!
Thank you! I think Edison had it right: it comes down to 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.
Nice one Dug! That beast writhing around seemingly randomly looks mental.
Thanks G_F! I was hoping to achieve a fairly organic motion for the beast. Your comment gives me some confidence that I succeeded. Thanks for the comment!
Wow, this thing is awesome, only 7 comments?
Excellent work! I want one. Please post a howto somewhere.
Thanks a lot, Brian! 7 comments and half of them are me! :) As for a howto, this piece would be pretty tricky to document. Perhaps if I write a book one day, as I hope to, I could include it. There are a bunch of good books about automata, some with plans, that are available. You can also check out the quarterly column I write for Cabaret Mechanical Theatre online, which offers tips on making wood automata.
Submit a tip
The rules you agree to by using this website.
Who will be eaten first?
Jason Weisberger, Publisher
Ken Snider, Sysadmin