While Chinese athletes are over at Rio Olympics chalking up medals, members of a different species were busy setting their own world record back home in China.
During the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, which took place on the weekend of July 29, the country put up a dance performance that left many in awe.
The dance was performed by 1,007 red and white robots and helped snag China a new Guinness World Record for “Most robots dancing simultaneously.”
The identical “QRC-2” robots each stand at 43.8 centimetres tall and were all controlled by a single mobile phone device. The performance was 60 seconds long.
Some of the robots were disqualified after falling over or when they stopped dancing before the minute was up.
The robots and performance were produced by Chinese robotics firm Ever Win Company.
According to Quan Jinyou, chief technology officer of Ever Win, the biggest challenge the company faced when controlling the robots was radio frequency interference.
This performance almost doubles the previous record of 540 dancing robots set earlier this year by another Chinese firm UBTECH Robotics Corp.