The latest edition of Guinness World Records book, which was released last week, has a new record for the world’s largest walking robot. It is more than 51.57 feet long, 26.90 feet tall and it is totally awesome.
Built by Zollner Elektronik AG in Germany, the world’s largest walking robot is actually a gigantic fire-breathing dragon named “Tradinno.”
Tradinno walks on four legs and is controlled by a radio remote control. Zollner built the monster to star in Germany's oldest folk play, which currently uses a 35-year-old model that needs four people inside to operate. Zollner calls it “a robot outshining all human actors.”
Tradinno weighs 11 tons and is driven by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. The robot is so massive that Zollner had to specially design a vehicle to transport it.
Zollner said the project began in February 2007, and took its name by combining the words “tradition” and “innovation.”
“In order to allow for realistic movements in the folk play, the walking robot was equipped with bidirectional wireless data transmission via four control units that were developed in-house,” Zollner said on its website. “The same method is used with the all-wheel drive, all-wheel steering 2.0-liter turbo diesel transport vehicle with a deadweight of 4.3 tons, used for transporting the 11.0-ton robot. The radio remote control unit uses bidirectional control in the four modes front-axle steering, rear-axle steering, articulated loader steering or crab steering.”
The body is made from polyurethane and glass. Tradinno also has synthetic veins that are designed to “bleed” more than 21 gallons of stage blood. There is also liquid gas to allow the robot dragon to breathe fire. But despite its massive wings that span 40 feet, Tradinno cannot fly.
Tradinno will star in “Drachenstich,” a 500-year-old folk play that is performed every August in the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald.
Originally from Northern California, Ryan W. Neal came to New York to earn his master's in journalism from Columbia University. He joined IB Times April 2013, and is a writer...