A desk that walks
September 27, 2022 | 12:40 pm CDT

Desks are very utilitarian, but Giliam de Carpentier has created a desk that goes beyond the traditional workplace furniture. The designer has come up with a desk that can walk on its own, as seen in this Tweet.

The table has two motors. de Carpentier modified them using small Arduino computer controllers to alter their supply of electricity, ensuring the table legs move smoothly and at the desired pace. He based his laminated bamboo legs on those propelling the Strandbeest, a kinetic bio-mechanical sculpture designed by Dutch artist Theo Jansen. de Carpentier made his table legs stronger and more stable by adding an extra joint.

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Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).