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Students build giant robot from old truck Answered

Chinese students built this awesome robot sculpture for their graduation project. Almost all of the parts come from an old truck and the total budget was 300,000 yuan. The final robot is almost 32 feet tall and weighs over 8,800 lbs.

Giant robot
via TechEBlog


300,000 Chinese yuan = $43,910 U.S. dollars neato, but kinda pricey. I think there's an error in translation somewhere.

Nope. The original Chinese blog entry has "30万元", where 万 is the symbol for "ten thousand". The difference you note may just be between "external" vs. "internal" yuan. The former is the "currency" traded internationally, while the latter is what is used for transactions within China, and which is officially unconvertible.

did not know about "external" vs. "internal" yuan. Alas, that's no way to run a free country. I did know that they do not allow "shorting" a stock in their stock market. Let freedom ring.

Now that is serious annoying. On my own machine, using the identical browser (Firefox 3.6.3), not only could I read the original characters in the blog linked from this topic, I could paste them into the I'bles editor window, and they would display properly as Chinese Unicode.

Now, reading the actual posted comment, the "ten thousand" is displayed as a boxed Unicode, and "yuan" shows up as a Latin upper-case 'C'.

Thanks for that explanation. I got the value from the Chinese blog as well, but wasn't aware of the different kind of yuan.

Better looking Optimus Prime than Michael Bay's "metal confetti" creation. (For the record, the first film is on my all-time favorites list. Of course, the second is on my all-time hated list.) This robot does have a guan dao though, which could be used to cut off other robots' faces, as movie Prime seems obsessed with doing. It can at least behead them. Anyhoo...

I think I am going to have to hunt around ebay for an old truck.

I knew all transformers were made in china....

Klatu borada nicto.

Wow. Kids these days....and when a remake just came out, too!

And yes, I did misspell it.

lol, 2 movies with the same magic words? Guess Its time to research where its from originally, not sure if its your movie or not..

I appreciate your letting me do the math, I mean before your movie. I wasn't trying to attack you or make you mad. You got upset because out of 2 movies using the same magic words, I picked the wrong one.

The phrase was created as part of the screenplay, it didn't exist before the movie.  A little bit of research (all of 30 seconds) first would have not only revealed that, but revealed that Sam Raimi included it in Army of Darkness deliberately, as an homage.


You didn't make me "mad," just depressed.  Some questions are very difficult to answer, others are extraordinarily easy.

Ha ha... L (Shop smart, shop S-Mart)

I deserve that for misspelling klaatu barada nikto, don't I?

"My name is Optimus Prime..."

I played the Wizard at school. Twice.

I went to a friends play and got mistaken for the scarecrow and the wizard several times before they showed up... And one tree.

I'd give them an A-, there should be a burning city under him with people running and screaming...

Nice Work there !!!!

Awesome work!