theo jansen inventor

Theo Jansen is out of this world.

While everyone is building digital robots and virtual realities and simulation aps, he’s creating creatures that are powered only by the wind, storing the kinetic energy in old lemonade bottles.


The most beautiful thing about Theo Jansen’s creatures is not just that he plans for herds of them to live on beaches and have defenses against the storms and the sea, or that he gives them a ‘binary brain’ of ones and zeros out of plastic tubes, but that he speaks about them as if they’re alive.

And you suspect that, for him, they are.

The world is made more beautiful by this kind of crazy genius.