|One App For 1000+ Dancing Robots To Take World Record|
|Written by Lucy Black|
|Sunday, 14 August 2016|
Over a 1000 sub-knee-high robots controlled by a single mobile phone have danced their way to a Guinness World Record in Qingdao, China, The mystery is where are they now and how can we buy them?
Dancing robots are nothing new. We first reported the phenomenon when Bruno Maisonnier, founder of Aldebaran Robotics, choreographed a troupe of Naos to perform during a TED Talk in 2013.
The previous world record for the largest number of simultaneously dancing robots also came from China and was set in March 2016 with 540 UBTECH Alpha 1S robots, which are 15.7 inches (398 mm) tall and weigh around 1.5 kilograms each. They are on sale on Amazon.com and other retailers for around $450 and in the UK for around £400.
By comparison a Nao, which is used as the "standard size robot" in RoboCup soccer stands 23 inches (580mm) tall, weighs 4.3 kilograms and are not generally on sale - and when they have been available the price tag is upwards of around $6,000.
The latest dancing record used QRC-2 robots, again Nao look-alikes, which are 17.2 inches (438 mm) tall and are produced and programmed by the Ever Win company based in Qingdao. To be included in the record-breaking feat, robots had to dance for a full minute. From an initial field of 1040, 1007 of them completed the 60 second routine in perfect unison and the Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Angela Wu verified the new record on site.
Quan Jinyou, Chief Technology Officer of Ever Win Company explained that the robots were equipped with a special encryption technology to reduce radio frequency inference from nearby mobile phones and Bluetooth devices.
Although this was intended as a marketing exercise for a family entertainment robot, it currently seems impossible to discover how to buy one and how much one costs.
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