Thursday, September 19, 2013

World's Largest Walking Robot Is Fire Breathing Dragon



Remember when Gozer told the Ghostbusters to choose the form of the Destructor? I kind of feel like Germany just chose for all of us with this fabulous robot that will, inevitably, come to life and wipe us out in a sci-fi and folkloric rage.

Ladies and gents, I give you the world's largest walking robot: A fire-breathing dragon.

As reported by NBC News, the dragon "Tradinno" (a mashup name of "tradition" and "innovation") is an 11-ton, 51-feet long beast with a 40-foot wingspan.

"The remote-controlled megatronic behemoth is the reptilian child of Germany's Zollner Elektronik AG. Built for show business ... this four-legged, wing flapping robot will replace the aging star of Germany's oldest folk play, 'Drachenstich,' performed each August in the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald," reports NBC.

The dragon is, according to the website, "driven by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine" with polyurethane and glass reinforced plastics skin, veins that bleed 21 gallons of stage blood on cue, and liquid gas for fire-breathing pyrotechnics.

Thanks for ensuring our robo-dragon apocalypse, Germany.

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