We've seen hamsters ride around in mechanisms inspired by Theo Jansen's strandbeests, and now humans have gotten in on the act. Attendees of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire got to see the Panterragaffe — a rideable strandbeest — in motion.
Panterragaffe is a pedal powered two person walking machine, a walking bicycle. The name has a few elements to it. It's a play on pantograph, a mechanism for copying drawings, since it's similar to the leg mechanism. Also; Pan - all or spanning. Terra - earth. Gaffe - an unintentional act causing embarrassment to it's originator or just goofy-ness. A bit of goofy-ness for everybody. To most people the name doesn't mean anything, therefore it's meaning is flexible.
Panterragaffe was conceived from the beginning as a public performance piece. It's purpose had shock value and public participation in mind from the start. After building a seven inch prototype (above), it was clear that a mobile entertainment platform was possible. It was only a small step after that to decide to add a power source, music and lighting to suit different events. The rough frame allows us to add character coverings, Panterragaffe can dress up differently ever time it goes out. Hence the flexible name.