Rickshaw pulling robot


[Wu Yulu] is a Chinese farmer with no formal mechanical training. He’s been building various contraptions over the years and even accidentally burned down his house at one point. Pictured above is a walking, talking rickshaw pulling robot he built to haul himself around town. You can see a video of the mechanical man on Reuters.

The design reminds us of [Bob Schneeveis]‘ Schwarzenegger towed solar chariot we saw at Maker Faire.

[via DVICE thanks cnelson]


  1. bistromathics says:

    Isn’t this a bit unnecessary? How about just an electric motor?

  2. bistromathics says:

    hmm… well, I guess this is a case of “stick with what you know”.

  3. Skyler Orlando says:

    @bistro: I bet it’s more prestigious to be pulled around by a robot than to drive around in a souped-up rickshaw. ;)

  4. Rick says:

    Now THAT is a hack.
    Well done!!
    I would like to see more of this guy

  5. @bistromathics: It also talks. It’s like Knight Rider for Asia.

  6. Rick says:

    hehe knight rider

    Perhaps I root for the underdog too much but I’d like to see this guy do well. He was quoted as saying, “You can now say that I love my robot more than my own son.”
    It must have been painful to see a man pull all his robots from the fire first. I’d like to believe THAT is why his wife was gonna leave but as she puts it she was more concerned about the monetary loss.

    All I wanna know is, what did this kid do to deserve these parents?

  7. Pilotgeek says:

    “It’s like Knight Rider for Asia.”

  8. EvilSPaceHamster says:

    Hah cool, I saw this on TV (in UK) a while ago, he made tonnes of the little things, one for his son aswell. All from scrap. Cool!

  9. roosta says:

    im impressed with the vertical walker he made.

  10. kyle says:

    @pilotgeek, sort of, it looks to me to be aimed at the wrong ethnic group. though i have not been to asia myself i just imagine there is not spaniards pulling there rickshaws

  11. jack says:

    I just think it’s hilarious that he ended up with a rickshaw robot that looks like a mexican dude.

    also, could driving this thing be considering rickrolling?

  12. Rick says:

    but…he’s got a square…yaknow what – nevermind

  13. charlie says:

    agreed with jack. that thing is really funny on many levels. just think about it for a while. that wall walker was great too. seems to use magnets. neat how he rigged 5 crappy rf controllers, likely trashed, to control a complex mechanism. the moral: fancy book learning is not what makes a genius.

  14. somethink says:

    He wants to install microwave ovens. Custom kitchen deliveraaaayaaayaaays.

  15. Rick says:

    Hey SAVAD

    Take a hike!

  16. supershwa says:

    Power to the autodidacts!

    There’s no better way to understand something than by the “crash and burn” method (he took it a bit too seriously though don’t ya think?)

    Let’s just hope he remembers to bring home the bacon and feed those neglected kids of his…”…I love my robots more dearly than my own sons” ???

  17. grizball says:

    “also, could driving this thing be considering rickrolling?”


  18. TheQ says:

    Ba da da de da dat da da da katamati darmacy..

  19. Pilotgeek says:

    @kyle: “sort of, it looks to me to be aimed at the wrong ethnic group. though i have not been to asia myself i just imagine there is not spaniards pulling there rickshaws”

    you’re just jealous you didn’t win.

  20. Capissen says:

    Is it just me, or have there been a suspiciously high number of Chinese farmers building robots, flying machines, etc. as of late?

  21. Myles Hardy says:

    It’s funny when you write that out as a function (that’s not a function by definition).

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