The Future is Now: Ride a $1500 Robot Ostrich to Work (w/ video)

Ride the Robot Ostrich

When Gas 2 editor-in-chief Chris DeMorro took off for Key West this past weekend, he sent a company-wide email containing four of the most terrifying words in the English language: Jo is in charge. If hindsight really is 20/20, I think he’ll look back on this email a few days from now and realize that it may have been his greatest mistake at Gas 2, because today’s featured article is about a $1500 robot ostrich that you can ride to work like a baller space god.

That’s right, kids – we’ve gone through the looking glass and there are Russians on the other side. Russians who took a look at the trials and tribulations facing the average commuter and said “Yo, robot ostrich?”, while other Russians nodded and said “Da.”

Hitler didn’t have a chance.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Normally, I’d agree with your theory about last week’s meteor strike rattling their brains and poisoning their vodka potatoes. It’s not true, though.

In this case, the aforementioned robot ostrich was built by a group of four Russian robot fanatics calling themselves Konstantin Ivanov as a “let’s see if we can” sort of project with a budget of just 1500 USD. The electric vehicle (Ha! It’s relevant!) is made primarily out of wood (Ha! Renewable resource!), weighs just under 400 lbs. and can balance on one leg – perfect for kicking the ever-loving crap out of people who stop in the middle of the sidewalk to text, amirite?

You can see the robot ostrich walk on stage during a Russian talk show, below – but you might as well skip ahead to the image gallery at bottom and check out the kid’s smug face as he rides the thing, big pimpin’ style, to whatever passes for a prom in Moscow. Oh, to be that kid for a day …


Source: Konstantin Ivanov.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.