Electrobite



Electrobite story from Boing Boing
Written by David Pescovitz
Electrobyte: Sarriugarteis (Odontochile) trilobite. The hand-tooled exoskeleton is mounted on the drive mechanism of an old electric wheelchair. At night, undermounted blue lights give it an otherworldly glow.






When Kyrsten was 12 she walked along the tidal pools in Puerto Rico and turned over a large flat rock. Underneath, were the hard symetrical shells of an amazing prehistoric creature; but then they started to move. These were not trilobites, but chitons. They sure were amazing though, and made Kyrsten wonder about primative animals and the variety of arachnomorphs; horseshoe crabs and the prehistoric trilobites.

Take a heavy duty outdoor electric wheelchair platform make it into a giant ride-on trilobite. It is fabricated out of metal with patinas and sculpting the segments into organic shapes. Trilobites have such variety from simple symmetrical medallions to ones with distinct hammer heads and tails and long trailing side pieces that look straight out of HR Giger’s mind. Biomechanical indeed.


Past Shows

    2015-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2015-01
    Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Inauguration
    2014-09
    IDF14 Intel
    2014-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2013-09
    Starlight Gala Chabot Space and Science Center
    2013-12
    Lucas Films Holiday Party
    2013-08
    Burning Man Honorarium
    2013-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2013-05
    Google I/O
    2013-05
    Google X
    2013-04
    Exploratorium Gala
    2013-04
    California Academy of Sciences
    2013-03
    Exploratorium Parade
    2012-08
    Burning Man Honorarium
    2012-05
    Maker Faire San Mateo
    2011-08
    Burning Man Honorarium

Specifications

  • Performance
    Speed:
    5 mph

    Range:
    20 miles | 32 km

    Passengers:
    1

  • Dimensions
    Weight:
    400lbs

    Length:
    4ft

    Width:
    3ft

    Height:
    2ft

  • Chassis
    Frame Construction:
    Wheelchair

  • Drive
    Steering:
    Thumbstick

    Tires:
    Rear: Pneumatic
    Front: Pneumatic

  • Instrumentation
    :
    Battery discharge indicator
    Electric horn

  • Lighting
    :
    Undermounted Lights
    Eye Lighting

  • Documents
    :

  • Note
    :
    Vehicle specifications subject to change without notice