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In Art Project, A 50-Foot Mechanical Snake Was Constructed
By Sarah Lee, 08 Jan 2013
Vancouver arts collective EatArt has constructed a 50-foot ‘Titanoboa’ which appeared at the CES conference.
The Titanoboa can run for up to 6 hours, moving through a variety of motions like horizontal ‘slithering’, and ‘in a pinch, it can life up and go in a diagonal direction’.
One of the project founders, Charlie Brinson explained that the structure is much like a spinal cord—where a series of hydraulic cylinders give it motion, and it works by communicating with six ‘brains’ called ‘Arduino micro controllers’.
“Titanoboa is an independent art project that seeks to reincarnate this 50-foot, 1-ton beast as an electromechanical serpent machine meant to provoke discussions of our changing climate and energy use in a historical context,” shared on the Titanoboa project page.
“This giant electromechanical reincarnation roams the earth terrifying and enlightening those who dare to ride the snake along the razor's edge between hope and fear and contemplate the future of our planet.”
Watch how Titanoboa was built in the video below:
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