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Over the July 29 weekend, 1,007 robots successfully staged a performance at the Qingdao Beer Festival in the eastern coastal province of Shandong, China and danced their way to a world record. Ever Win, the local electric components-manufacturer that created the robot spectacle to market their wares, had put out a mechanical troupe of 1,040. However, a handful of the robots fell flat—some physically toppled over and others failed to perform. Still, the majority executed the programmed movements for a full minute and were counted towards the total tally, for the Guinness World Records title of “Most robots dancing simultaneously.”
“Named QRC-2, each of the 43.8 cm tall dancing machines were controlled from just one mobile phone and they had to dance for a full minute in order to count towards the record total,” Guinness World Records wrote on its site. Special encryption technology was used to block interference from other mobile phones and bluetooth devices, Ever Win’s chief technology officer, Quan Jinyou, explained.
The earlier record of 540 robots breakdancing together on TV was held by UBTECH Robotics, a Shenzhen-based company.