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The Land Crawler eXtreme

The Land Crawler eXtreme

Personal mobility vehicles just got a whole lot creepier…

A Japanese roboticist, and owner of Vagabond Works in Japan, has released a video of his 12-legged robot dubbed the Land Crawler eXtreme.

land crawler extreme vagabond works

Land Crawler eXtreme

The mobile platform, designed to carry up to 175 lbs or a full grown man, scuttles across the floor using its six pairs of legs.
As you can see from the video, it’s pretty creepy. If Tim Burton worked for Segway, I’m pretty sure he’d license this technology right away. It might not be as fast as the Segway, but it’s got much more street cred’.

As the bot crawls, it closely resembles an insect, and that’s no coincidence.

The Land Crawler eXtreme was made at the request of the designer’s son who took a shine to Theo Jansen’s Standbeests sculptures. Jansen’s sculptures, or wind-powered automatons, were designed to mimic animals and their movements.
Jasen has been creating his wind-powered sculpture since 1990, check out the video below to see some of his work in action.


theo jansen kinect sculptures

Theo Jansen Kinect Sculptures


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Source:

  1. Lizzie Schiffman: Video: Scurrying Rideable Robot Platform Lets You Surf on 12 Legs. PopSci, 11/24/2010.
  2. Mike Chino: STRANDBEEST: Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Sculptures. Inhabitat, 08/09/2008.
  3. Theo Jansen. Strandbeest.
  4. Thumbnail and Article Image: Vagabond Works.
  5. Article Image: Loek Vanderklis.
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