51 foot long, walking, fire breathing mechanical dragon

79ad34db1f-750x441Now this is cool…a walking, fire breathing robot dragon that’s 51 feet long (would that count as ‘life size’?).  Created by the Zollner Group in Germany, its purpose seems to have been a fun publicity stunt (it was a part of some folk play), but hey, nothing wrong with that if this is the result!  The stats are impressive.  Weight is around 11 tons, and it’s powered by a diesel engine generator to drive the massive hydraulic system, with a top speed of 1.8km/h.   Ok, so it’s slow, but it *walks* and breathes *fire*!  How cool is that.  Check out this video:

If you’d like more technical details and history of the project, the best place to go is Zollner’s website here.  Or, for those of you with short attention spans, check out the video below.

You’ll notice a cart-like dolly under its belly in many shots.  This is to assist with moving this monster around, though it CAN fully walk on its own as shown in this video:

Cool bicycling lights

If you’re biking on the roads in the dark, you might be interested in these lighting solutions which dramatically enhance your visibility.  The first, pictured here, is not a shipping product yet, just a concept…but looks interesting.  It uses a laser to project a ‘safety zone’ on the ground around you to increase your visibility to drivers, and also to signal turns.  Read more about it here.

I saved the best for last though.  Shipping now (for $250) is a wheel-mounted LED lightning solution from Revolights that is somewhat reminiscent of the Tron light cycles. Each wheel gets 8 LEDs, but those LEDs are switch off and on, depending on the wheel position…with the next result being a band of red LEDs on the back of the rear wheel, and a band of white LEDs at the front of the front wheel.  Check out the video below to see these in action.