Saturday, February 25, 2012

How do you say "ROBOTS ROCK!" in Mandarin?

Is this Engineering? Art? Play? Other?

Here's a longer, more in-depth video of roboticist Wu Yulu's life and work in rural China...

Rural Robots by Wu Yulu from microwavefest on Vimeo.

And here's an informative article on Wu Yulu from the publication Mail Online:
"Meet my robot rickshaw son: Chinese farmer shows off his latest weird inventions"
"The sight of a farmer being pulled along in a cart by a walking robot would stop most people in their tracks. But Mr Wu Yulu's neighbours on the outskirts of Beijing are used to the spectacle.

The 48-year-old has achieved worldwide fame after inventing and building 47 robots in his back out of scrap metal. They can perform functions as varied as jumping, painting, drinking, massaging and of course pulling carts.

He started his unusual hobby in 1986 and has continued ever since despite taking on huge debts, being sprayed with battery acid and risking his marriage.

His wife Dong Shuyan nearly left with their two soon after he burnt down the house while working on a robot and went £8,500 into the red.

But now Mr Yulu's perseverance has paid off. He has been invited to display more than 30 of his robots during the Shanghai World Expo 2010, where he will promote the practical uses of his robots.

The inventor has already received a string of prizes and contracts with universities..."

Read the full article at its source (great photos!):

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