TrotBot's Version 0 Linkage
Strandbeest, TrotBot Ver 1, Strider and Klann Linkages
Speaking of Strandbeest, we'd like to thank Theo Jansen, our original inspiration. In his TED talk, Theo speculated that his Strandbeest was a new form of life that would propagate without his involvement. In a way, Team TrotBot is helping to make his prediction come true. Watching his mesmerizing videos helped to inspire us to tinker with linkages and mechanical walkers in LEGO, which led to TrotBot - kind of like a "descendant" of Strandbeest. Not sure if you meant this interpretation in your TED talk Mr. Jansen ;) but we'd like to thank you anyway. We thought about you often, especially when running into one of our many dead-ends in the garage!
For more details on the TrotBot's and Strider's linkages and how to build functional robots based on them, Strandbeest and Klann's Mechanical Spider, see DIYwalkers.