Buy a Nice House Or a 20-Foot Animatronic Triceratops?


Would you rather spend $350,000 on a nice house in the country or buy a 20-foot animatronic triceratops that “responds to onlookers with lifelike reactions and fortissimo bellowing”?

From the product page:

Motion-activated cameras installed into each eye work in unison with customized interactive software that enables the Cretaceous creature to recognize multiple subjects’ facial features. Once identified, subjects’ tracked movements trigger a set of responses: it sways its tri-horned head right, left, up, and down, stomps and scuffs its right forelimb, and opens its jaws while growling–all powered by digitally controlled servos and silent, pneumatic air-activated cams. Its exterior is crafted by professional sculptors from polyurethane foam and textured silicone over a steel and aluminum frame, replicating the beast’s massive horned frill, powerful hindquarters, and tapered tail with convincing realism. The rumbles that issue from a hidden 1,000-watt speaker are based on paleontological approximations of what sounds the original 67 million year-old saurian might have vocalized.

Yes, I believe the choice is clear. I’m going to spend my $350,000 pretending to be a triceratops for 17,500 hours.

Product Page ($350,000 via TGH)

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