Clear Polycarbonate Strandbeest (Part 2) – Now Walking!

If you’ve been following along here or on YouTube, you know I’ve been working on a new strandbeest out of clear polycarbonate. Considering this device was CNC-cut, one would think it would just bolt together and work, but as seen in the video below, it was much more work than that.

For now I’m calling it “ClearWalker,” since I live in the vicinity of Clearwater, Florida, though I keep debating as to whether or not that’s slightly too cheesy. After I asked here and on social media for name suggestions, people came up with some really clever ideas. Thanks for your suggestions, and I’d love to know which you think is best:

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So without further ado, here is the video of the ‘beest walking:

As seen toward the end of the video, though nominally walking, it’s not quite done. Hopefully I’ll be able to add some lights, extra moving appendages, perhaps a camera, and show how I got it to function via Bluetooth/Arduino Mega control!

A Miniature GoPro Catapult-Style “Tripod”

After building a “catapult style” floor lamp, and publishing a howto article on it here, I soon adapted the design to hold a GoPro camera instead of a light. Instead of a bulb assembly, I put a piece of metal that a magnetic GoPro mount could hold on to, which has worked quite well for filming around my garage.

The disadvantage of this device, which stands as tall as a person when fully extended vertically, is that it doesn’t work well in restricted spaces like a workbench. For this I came up with a much smaller version outlined in the video seen below.

The little guy uses several pieces of furring strips that I had left over from another project. I cut each length to around 9″ to begin with, then made the bottom sections a bit shorter so the top could Read more »

Clear Polycarbonate Strandbeest Assembly (Part 1)

For the past month or so (past few months really, I’ve been working on yet another Strandbeest, this time made with clear polycarbonate material. Even though I had the material cut outside, it has still taken a ton of work to get it together, opening up holes as needed and other small modifications.

Either way, I finally got it to a point where it can turn (some of) its legs while supported and stand on the floor on its own. I’m excited to see where this ‘beest will go, and I’m planning to use a Bluetooth remote control scheme, and add a head and “tail” to it as discussed in the video seen below.

Though I hope you find the video interesting, be sure to check back or subscribe on YouTube, as the next one should show it in action, walking with two more appendages and lighting under external control! Or at least that’s what I’m planning…Also, I’m not quite set on the name yet. I’m thinking “Clear Beast,” though if you have a better idea, let me know in the comments!