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A 400-year-old festival has the world's largest walking robot

  • Publicado em 24 Jul 2022
  • Tradinno weighs 11 tonnes, has a 12-metre wingspan, and breathes fire. And every year, someone has to stab it with a spear. ■ More information: www.bayerischer-wald.de/attra...
    Location camera: Moritz Janisch
    Producer: Marcel Fenchel www.fenchel-janisch.com/
    Editor: Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
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  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  2 meses atrás +5584

    This video, the last one from the trip to Germany, got held back for a few weeks for technical reasons, but finally it's out! I love the idea of keeping traditions alive over centuries, respecting the spirit and the history but keeping things updated with new technology. That's probably a metaphor for something.

    • Joel YT
      Joel YT Mês atrás

      @Fire im Joel YT

    • jameswalker199
      jameswalker199 Mês atrás

      This is, perhaps literally, a realisation of the mantra "tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of the flame"

    • Veliki Feniks
      Veliki Feniks Mês atrás

      Tom Can you please tell us why some things make crunchy noises like biting an apple or eating potato chips

    • Jesse Valente
      Jesse Valente Mês atrás

      Tom I got a job for you, I live in Windsor Ontario right on the border of Detroit Michigan anyway for years we’ve had a “phenomenon” we call the “Windsor hum” some days u can hear and feel a small humming noise but no one has bin able to pin point what it is or where it’s coming from. I don’t know how much Info about it you could find but it would be cool to look into and possibly make a video about.

    • dodo
      dodo 2 meses atrás

      So, Tom Scott, Mecha when?
      When will we be able to pilot 2-legged mecha's into combat, guns blazing?
      (For entertainment and competition, of course :-)

  • Derpy Possum
    Derpy Possum 2 meses atrás +6052

    Imagine in another 400 years they have an actual genetically-engineered dragon.

  • Bazukin Belyugovich
    Bazukin Belyugovich 2 meses atrás +3299

    THIS is how you bring tradition to modern technology! SO many things made today as part of traditional cultural activities seem to do all they can to break from old aesthetics and customs - this adds to them! I can only imagine how the medieval Germans would have reacted seeing this - it's marvelous!

    • Rhadamante Something
      Rhadamante Something Mês atrás

      We need robotic bull fighting to replace the barbaric traditions of actually torturing and killing live bulls in an arena then.

    • BooBooYup
      BooBooYup Mês atrás

      dude.. people can just run from it or light it on fire. its so bloody slow

    • Abeedha L
      Abeedha L Mês atrás +2

      @Dong Harvey "He's the Hexer controlling this beast! Get him!"

    • Dong Harvey
      Dong Harvey Mês atrás

      "A witch!" .. Points at guy with controller

    • Abeedha L
      Abeedha L 2 meses atrás +2

      @Bryn Clarke Nah that kind of a modern myth trying to debunk a myth. It was not super stiff but once you down off your horse on the ground in armour you have a problem.

  • buggibii
    buggibii 2 meses atrás +4845

    If I had a nickel for everytime Tom Scott made a video about a giant, robotic, free-roaming animal somewhere in Europe, I'd have two nickels- which isn't a lot but it's weird that it happened twice.

    • Dakota
      Dakota Mês atrás

      @Naman Singhal Contrary to seemingly popular belief, the world existed before 2005. None of the crappy zoomer shows are original.

    • Dakota
      Dakota Mês atrás

      @Kain Yusanagi Thanks for not being the only other person in this thread that was born before 2005.

    • Notaul Goodman
      Notaul Goodman Mês atrás

      It’s strange it’s only twice. There’s probably one in every single European country, Tom has to collect them all.

    • Milo Murphy
      Milo Murphy Mês atrás

      @alveolate hermeneutist they already made a sequel.

    • deskunderthebed
      deskunderthebed Mês atrás +1

      Bros seen phineas and ferb let’s go

  • Mr worriz
    Mr worriz 2 meses atrás +3668

    incredible that it was built in 2010, also the amount of effort they put into it as well!

    • iɒꓘKai
      iɒꓘKai Mês atrás

      I actually live quite close to where this dragon was manufactured. Company called zollner, worked there as an intern myself when I was younger. Sawe the dragon live as well a while back, funny to think that a little town in bavaria has the means to produce such a robot

    • vikingnor h
      vikingnor h Mês atrás

      @Anime Banz so ur saying they could build this 1.5 million years ago?

    • Stacey
      Stacey 2 meses atrás

      There's been large walking robots since 1950

    • David Healey
      David Healey 2 meses atrás +2

      I think it's quite credible.

    • David Andrew
      David Andrew 2 meses atrás +2

      Why is that incredible? You must have a terrible memory of what 2010 was like.

  • Sandy Gehrmann
    Sandy Gehrmann 2 meses atrás +524

    3:19 DUDE the pupils get bigger when the eyelids close! The details and attention to detail put into this is amazing

    • gobblinal
      gobblinal 17 dias atrás

      I assumed the blinking was automated. Does it really need someone just to take care of blinking?

    • plp·GTR
      plp·GTR Mês atrás +2

      bro wtf i didn't even notice. and no one else probably will. that's awesome. i never heard of that thing, got to visit it next time they pull it out, living only ~40km from the town 😅

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 meses atrás +40

      I wouldn't even have expected the dragon to blink, let alone to blink so detailedly.

    • suamme1
      suamme1 2 meses atrás +47

      I especially liked that the dragon kept blinking while they were wheeling him into storage at the end.

    DEATHBYFIRE09 2 meses atrás +1249

    You've covered a lot of cool and interesting places, and talked to a lot of equally cool and interesting people, but I'm sorry, Dragon Operator is possibly the best job title anyone could ever have. I hate to say it Tom, but you may have peaked.

    • Studley
      Studley Mês atrás +1

      @David Badilotti I suspect the dragon was to much of a fire hazard...

    • AceKing Offsuit
      AceKing Offsuit 2 meses atrás +5

      It's a hell of a line to put on Tinder.

    • melvin storbes
      melvin storbes 2 meses atrás +3

      tom scott, peaked, never. this is only the beginning

    • David Badilotti
      David Badilotti 2 meses atrás +6

      Exactly this!
      Why wasn't this a booth at my high school's career fair?

    • DragonMaster1804
      DragonMaster1804 2 meses atrás +5

      Personally, I beg to differ...

  • Lewis Massie
    Lewis Massie 2 meses atrás +616

    You know I have always wondered if there was a big robot creature that wasn't just put on wheels but actually walked. Turns out there is. How cool is that

    • Sage Derby
      Sage Derby 27 dias atrás

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin cept they'll be AT&T Walkers

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 meses atrás +1

      I predict that AT-AT walkers are only a few decades down the line.

    • akamesama
      akamesama 2 meses atrás +6

      I mean, there have been "many" big robots on legs. It's just largely a sub-optimal solution for locomotion, so it is a very small subset of robots, regardless of size. Here specifically because of aesthetics. And the slow speed, foot/gait configuration, and low center of gravity all help the design. Not that it is easy, just easier.

    • Clone Loli
      Clone Loli 2 meses atrás +5

      Unsure on if it walks on its own but Japan has a Life-Sized Gundam that walks out of it's hangar, very slowly obviously.

    • ailaG
      ailaG 2 meses atrás +2

      There was also a giant spider like one in emf2018, look up the videos. And if human size is big enough for you, in 2022 someone brought one you can sit atop of

  • Neea G
    Neea G 2 meses atrás +1145

    On the website they call the dragon a 'Schreitroboter' literally translate to striding/treading robot. But the German word implies a slow paced, deliberate, majestic walk (rather than striding, which would be rather quick). I think this illustrates how the dragon moves very well.

    • fireflysmelody
      fireflysmelody Mês atrás

      @Armadillito nah, marching doesn't fit the word schreiten. Stride is the correct translation.

    • Armadillito
      Armadillito Mês atrás

      Strolling seems a reasonable choice, but would marching fit too? Combines the parade connotations and the sense of an ordered, steady gait.

    • flyingcoasterfan
      flyingcoasterfan 2 meses atrás

      Sauntering dragon

    • Neea G
      Neea G 2 meses atrás

      @Christoph Rackwitz there you go, a 'Regal stride' is probably the closest we come... Thx

    • EngineeringVision
      EngineeringVision 2 meses atrás +3

      @nEvergreen .Terence Prowl?

  • Deadeye Duncan
    Deadeye Duncan 2 meses atrás +388

    Was about to get real upset when I saw those wheels, then it stands up. Damn cool to see it actually moving itself. Really neat to see modern technology bringing ancient traditions to life rather than destroying them.

    • youkofoxy
      youkofoxy 2 meses atrás +12

      Honestly I was "well, I give them that is hard to... wait why is decoupling? you got to be kidding me!"

    • Adam Tennant
      Adam Tennant 2 meses atrás +22

      Same. I was super impressed when it stood up.

  • Heike Siegl
    Heike Siegl 2 meses atrás +1083

    We go there every other year to see the play. It is played within the city and has a good story. The dragon wasn't always the "bad" Guy. But humans made him so.
    It also talks a lot about the history and war's back then. And it is spoken in dialect^^

    • Heike Siegl
      Heike Siegl Mês atrás +1

      Wow! Thanks for the 1000 likes!

    • rogink
      rogink 2 meses atrás +7

      Typical humans - turning the 'good' dragon into the bad guy :)

    • Heike Siegl
      Heike Siegl 2 meses atrás +8

      @Slook yes it is^^ once we visited it together with a friend from Rheinland-Pfalz and He really had a hard time understanding certain words xD

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 meses atrás +15

      That's a deeper story than I would've expected for a traditional local play.

    • Nightclyve
      Nightclyve 2 meses atrás +20

      @Slook So schaut's aus!

  • DaRichti
    DaRichti 2 meses atrás +413

    They not only have a giant moving dragon, they also turn their market place into an open-air theatre, with sword and horse fights during the show.

    • RDVIK
      RDVIK 2 meses atrás +15

      And at the same time going just outside of town is the medieval fair "Cave Glaudium"

  • Milan Meiland
    Milan Meiland 2 meses atrás +264

    I didn't realize the dragon could actually walk on its own without that cart under it until it lifted itself up.
    What a great piece of engineering!

  • Vito C
    Vito C 2 meses atrás +415

    I am surprised that "world's largest walking robot (which is also a dragon)" isn't in Japan

    • Cl0ckcl0ck
      Cl0ckcl0ck Mês atrás +2

      @DiafolEternal Start a GoFundMe to have these Germans build you one. If you tour it around Wales it should earn its money back in record time. Just let people pay (towards a charity) whether the dragon or st George wins. Outcome is the side with most money raised. Tom knows where you can get cheap mannequins to trample and burn. :)

    • DarkSith 72
      DarkSith 72 Mês atrás

      “German Engineering is truly the greatest in the world”

    • Richard Harrold
      Richard Harrold 2 meses atrás +5

      @DiafolEternal eh, the Welsh would be too busy drinking beer to actually build anything... ;-)

    • omma911
      omma911 2 meses atrás +5

      Their traditional dragons have tiny feet and are more like giant flying sea serpents.

    • aum108
      aum108 2 meses atrás

      Japan has Dragon Balls ;-)

  • Unicross1
    Unicross1 2 meses atrás +680

    “But we were dragons. We were supposed to be cruel, cunning, heartless and terrible. But this much I can tell you, we never burned and tortured and ripped one another apart and called it morality.”
    ― Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!

    • FrostyFrostySnowman
      FrostyFrostySnowman 2 meses atrás +7

      Love a good quote from Discworld

    • Slimnim
      Slimnim 2 meses atrás +6

      Don't get enough DiskWorld here in the states.

    • Masketta Man
      Masketta Man 2 meses atrás +2

      Pratchett is absolutely insufferable. Can't go a line without preaching about how you should live or what you should think. If he had twitter he'd be just like the rest of them

    • sIyceth
      sIyceth 2 meses atrás +10


    • pintpullinggeek
      pintpullinggeek 2 meses atrás +66

      There is a Pratchett quote for every occasion.
      GNU Sir Terry.

  • ren
    ren 2 meses atrás +409

    Join us next time, where I, Tom Scott, take over the United Kingdom with my army of walking, fire breathing robots

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 meses atrás +2

      Now that he knows how to joust, he could totally go full-on Medieval.

    • ailaG
      ailaG 2 meses atrás +2

      Cap'n Tom going at Westminster yet again.

    • ondank
      ondank 2 meses atrás +1

      @Everyone Anyone and the spot the dogs that he enlisted working menial factory observation jobs. Those guys would make fantastic scouts for the main force.

    • Everyone Anyone
      Everyone Anyone 2 meses atrás +3

      That puts our giant moving dragon robot count at, what, 3? There are only going to be more from here on out

    • DaRichti
      DaRichti 2 meses atrás +12

      It would take a little bit. The dragon can only walk with 1.8 km/h.

  • SimplyMayaB
    SimplyMayaB 2 meses atrás +356

    I've actually been there and watched the full show! My German knowledge at the time was hardly sufficient to understand anything since it's all in heavy dialect, but it was very cool in person.

    • Eljan Rimsa
      Eljan Rimsa Mês atrás +1

      @Arctic Circle I am Bavarian dialect speaker, but the Waidler are on a different level. When they are talking I don't understand much either.

    • Arctic Circle
      Arctic Circle 2 meses atrás +1

      I believe it's difficult to understand because Bavarian is another language from German, albeit a closely related one. ~Cherri

    • Loras Wolfrik
      Loras Wolfrik 2 meses atrás +2

      @matcha The dragon gets hit by a spear in the chest and mouth. That's when the blood comes out. But that's obviously at the end of the show. I don't remember 100%, but there might have been an optional wound at the head or kneck.

    • SimplyMayaB
      SimplyMayaB 2 meses atrás

      @zeroyuKING they didn't when I was there

    • SimplyMayaB
      SimplyMayaB 2 meses atrás

      @matcha I honestly don't remember now since it was before COVID even, sorry!

  • wirelesmike73
    wirelesmike73 2 meses atrás +34

    Not bad for a 12-year-old robot. Good design, and obviously well engineered. I'd love to see what could be done with the speed, power, and compactibility of industrial robotics motors of today. Might not be as "safe" as this one. But, damn, it would look cool, and be genuinely terrifying.🐉 I'd love to see this thing in person.

  • Skygazer
    Skygazer 2 meses atrás +114

    I was like: 'oh it's one of those giant robots with wheels again', and then it stood up and walked "no fkin way"

  • Billy IsBored
    Billy IsBored 2 meses atrás +67

    This is a prime example of keeping traditions alive while still keeping up with the times.

    • Max
      Max 2 meses atrás +2

      Paganism do to. When they're sparing their traditional style, especially theirs mythology spirits

    • Milo Estobar
      Milo Estobar 2 meses atrás +2

      CNY (chinese new year) need to keep up...

  • Proto Mundi
    Proto Mundi 2 meses atrás +37

    When you need a non German guy to show you awesome places/things in your home country.
    Need to see it in the future. So crazy that I worked near that town for three days without knowing that they own a dragon.

  • John Early
    John Early 2 meses atrás +104

    Seeing the big red button on the dragon’s underbelly that will shut it down made me think immediately of Smaug and his one missing scale where he could be killed. All the knight needs to do to defeat this dragon is press the button 😉

    • Ragnhild
      Ragnhild 2 meses atrás +3

      Must be _exactly_ a million to one, seeing as they manage to get it every time.

    • pintpullinggeek
      pintpullinggeek 2 meses atrás +4

      Aim for the voonerables. It's a million to one shot!

    • NotASpyReally
      NotASpyReally 2 meses atrás +5

      Speedrun time

  • OneManWolfPack
    OneManWolfPack 2 meses atrás +61

    The elephant just came over as a gimmick albeit a fun one, but this, this is absolutely amazing. I would love to see this one day.

  • a Draigon
    a Draigon 2 meses atrás +162

    God that’s fascinating I can’t even imagine what someone from 400 years ago would do when he could see this

    • 0123 4567
      0123 4567 2 meses atrás +3

      @aum108 since its diesel powered, you could even run it for a while.. until something needs repair

    • Syl
      Syl 2 meses atrás +3

      From the theme of the festival? Spear it, perhaps

    • aum108
      aum108 2 meses atrás +2

      Imagine sending the dragon 400 years back in time to Furth im Wald ;-)

    • Guy Incognito
      Guy Incognito 2 meses atrás

      1622 katholic Bavaria... Probably accusing the Protestants for several weeks, because they made God angry enough to end the world with their heresy. Then they´d call the katholic league busy fighting in Bohemia for help... which would run, because those mercenaries were not paid enough for THAT job... I guess in the end a bunch of fanatic peasants would hit the robot until there is nothing left of it (while the rest burns down their own village) and tell a heroic story about it for at least 400 years, so their progenies make a festival out of it using a robot, which makes people wonder, what people 400 years ago would have... no, no, no... I´ll end it here and not move in circles....

    • Christoph Rackwitz
      Christoph Rackwitz 2 meses atrás +12

      "in MY time all we had was a wheelbarrow on two wheels"

  • Nightclyve
    Nightclyve 2 meses atrás +27

    Imagin you're diving at your relaxed 150km/h and as you look at truck you are surpassing this fellow stares back. That actually happend to me back when they brought him from the factory to Furth im Wald. But one year later I got to visit the festival and the year after this the guided show at his cave. We became friends in the end.

  • Julian
    Julian 2 meses atrás +49

    The attention to detail is insane! For example, I love how its pupils dilate when it closes its eyes. That probably took me by surprise the most

  • Christian Risch
    Christian Risch 2 meses atrás +24

    As a german i am surprised that I have never heard of this dragon before. It is amazing!

  • Ari L
    Ari L 2 meses atrás +71

    Wow, a lot of people don’t realize the challenge but so much weight on only two legs can easily break asphalt and roads if not done right!

    • Lukas Graphen
      Lukas Graphen Mês atrás

      @rpavlik1 Not sure if putting the batteries into the feet is the best idea, because then you have to lift them with each step.

    • Bastian K.
      Bastian K. 2 meses atrás

      @rpavlik1 or make it AR, like in that clip with the whale in the gym from a few years ago

    • John Bennett
      John Bennett 2 meses atrás +5

      @rpavlik1 it depends on how long they need to run it between charges. Batteries get heavy fast. Of course by the time they build it, there may be light weight batteries available. In that case I agree completely.

    • rpavlik1
      rpavlik1 2 meses atrás +7

      I'm willing to guess the next version will ditch diesel for lithium ion (maybe LiFePO4 for safety), probably split between the feet to keep the center of mass low. You can't really split a diesel engine into 4 pieces and have it still run very easily, and I feel like battery tech has improved a lot since 2010.

    • John Bennett
      John Bennett 2 meses atrás +8

      @EthicsGradient I would expect the next version to use modern light weight materials to reduce the problem. Not that anything is going to make something that big truly light weight.

  • Mekose
    Mekose 2 meses atrás +48

    Imagine if we could send this bad boy back in time and get reactions from people in the medieval era. This robot is just gorgeous and terrifying.

    • NoEsUnYoutuber
      NoEsUnYoutuber Mês atrás

      They control the beast! SORCERY! WITCHCRAFT! DEVILRY!

    • JimFC Gregg
      JimFC Gregg 2 meses atrás

      Heck, just go back with walkie-talkies and you'd get burned as a witch!

    • Hardik B
      Hardik B 2 meses atrás +5

      @Sönke Schlüter oooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! grandfather paradox!

    • Sönke Schlüter
      Sönke Schlüter 2 meses atrás +10

      Guess where the stories originated ;-)

  • Learn Something New
    Learn Something New 2 meses atrás +69

    After seeing how many controllers are required for each aspect of the dragon, it makes me think that maybe Pacific Rim's Jaegers requiring two pilots wasn't too far off base..

    • rpavlik1
      rpavlik1 2 meses atrás +1

      AT-AT being full of people...

    • IDon'tNeedAName
      IDon'tNeedAName 2 meses atrás +8

      If anything they need more pilots- like Voltron or something

  • Rodney Jenkins
    Rodney Jenkins 2 meses atrás +61

    That is soo fuckin cool !!! Dude imagine being a kid and seeing this live. It would've made my whole life to see this live as a child who loved dragons and high fantasy books.

  • Motley Wild
    Motley Wild 2 meses atrás +6

    Can't tell you how happy it makes me, and how fitting it is, that the largest walking robot is in fact a dragon

  • Th Meh
    Th Meh Mês atrás +4

    When I was still at school, I’ve seen the development and rode on the skeleton. On of the engineers later became major of the city and while he studied mechanical engineering, he lived in the attic of my parents. So we all stayed friends and had the opportunity to follow the complete process of building this Robot.

  • drewbage1847
    drewbage1847 2 meses atrás +19

    Interesting - 20+ years ago, I helped work on a free standing quadrep dino robot for a theme park. We never really got to unleash it in the parks however because the lawyers got very, very nervous about it being out in the public.

    • rpavlik1
      rpavlik1 Mês atrás +2

      @James Harding sure, but that's not a professional robotics environment. The kid wasn't part of the development team either, I assume.

    • menikmati789
      menikmati789 Mês atrás +2

      Plus life, uh, finds a way

    • James Harding
      James Harding 2 meses atrás +4

      @rpavlik1 When I was on my high school’s robotics team, we did all sorts of things like that.
      Getting smacked by a robot was just a fact of life, and although we only had a few actual injuries, cuts and scrapes were a daily occurrence.

    • rpavlik1
      rpavlik1 2 meses atrás +4

      This is exactly why I'm raising my eyebrow at the recent "robot breaks child's finger at chess tournament" story. Who lets a human in a robot's working volume without a very good emergency stop switch?

  • Mandy B
    Mandy B 2 meses atrás +18

    Phenomenal! An absolute wonder of robotics, along with a fantastic tradition. My sister lives in Germany near a town where virtually all the secondary school kids (and some adults) are involved in a centuries old biannual festival. The floats are at professional standards, as are the kids who act out the story. They know how to organise a grand festival in Germany!

  • jake quentin
    jake quentin 2 meses atrás +17

    Well played our German cousins! Dragons, seem to get everywhere and not just home in Wales. :-)

  • dembro
    dembro 2 meses atrás +82

    - "World's largest walking robot"
    - "It has a flamethrower"
    Me: Must be either German or Japanese.
    Tom: "GERMAN"

  • Bronald
    Bronald 2 meses atrás +14

    that's awesome, the walking algorithm just checks the position of all the other parts then performs it's calculation of how to move based on the location of everything else... but i wonder if it is constantly checking and recalculating as it performs the movement or if it blocks out input that would throw it off until after it completes the movement function with all the parameters it had to begin with

    • Barney Laurence
      Barney Laurence 2 meses atrás +1

      I'd be very surprised if it doesn't recalculate many times during the movement. Running calculations should be much quicker than moving so why not repeat them and continuously replan whatever part of the movement is still needed?

  • Jacob Cox
    Jacob Cox 2 meses atrás +20

    Imagine this tech being used to make a life sized animatronic sauropod that would walk around the front of a museum.

  • ICountFrom0
    ICountFrom0 2 meses atrás +24

    I like that he's willing to think about the next thousand years of "spear the dragon" but we all know this town would still do it if things were down to a wheel barrow and a blanket again.

  • Mr. Stranded
    Mr. Stranded 2 meses atrás +6

    Have already visited the drachenstich it´s a one in a livetime experience! absolutely amazing

  • Kaia
    Kaia 2 meses atrás +7

    That's amazing! One of those things where you'd love to show people from 400 years ago that not only are we still doing the festival, we've had some upgrades since then!

  • Bert Torpson
    Bert Torpson 2 meses atrás +9

    I love the iterative upgrades. Can't wait to see the next one in 50 years

  • Terrible Username Amirite?
    Terrible Username Amirite? 2 meses atrás +105

    Imagine if the robot was also 400 years old

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 meses atrás +2

      What they don't want you to know is... it is.

    • Ryk Latortuga
      Ryk Latortuga 2 meses atrás +3

      @Leo W. That would be an ecumenical matter.

    • Leo W.
      Leo W. 2 meses atrás +10

      It would probably have a lot of opinions on catholics

  • Joey M
    Joey M 2 meses atrás +21

    They have to use robots because the wild dragon is endangered due to traditional quests requiring one to be slain and poaching for their hearts. Please use dragon heart free shampoo.

    • Ragnhild
      Ragnhild 2 meses atrás +3

      Dragon heart shampoo is always too heavily scented for me.

  • Chewy99
    Chewy99 2 meses atrás +6

    Wow. That thing is awesome! I wouldn’t have guessed the largest walking robot was in Germany and used for an old tradition festival!

  • The Bricker
    The Bricker 2 meses atrás +91

    That dragon is insane! It looks scarily realistic. Awestruck.

    • Josiah the NF
      Josiah the NF 2 meses atrás +3

      @ExtremCoxer Explain then, please. I’d like to hear your reasoning.

    • glockenrein
      glockenrein 2 meses atrás +9

      @ExtremCoxer it doesn’t? Compared to what? A real dragon?!

    • ExtremCoxer
      ExtremCoxer 2 meses atrás +3

      Not. really.

  • KarolaTea
    KarolaTea 2 meses atrás +5

    Amazing engineering, I also love the visual design! It really does look life-like.

  • Gregor Baumann
    Gregor Baumann 2 meses atrás +27

    It's a great feeling seeing Tom visiting places almost next to where I live! All these great places around the world and today's one is Furth in Wald! Excellent pronounciation by the way

  • Daniel S
    Daniel S 2 meses atrás +3

    This is incredible. I wonder if this is the largest regularly operated walking robot.

  • L Sedge
    L Sedge 2 meses atrás +6

    It's awesome seeing this combination of 400 year old tradition and them simultaneously continually embracing new technology to achieve it.

  • Jordyn Thomson
    Jordyn Thomson 2 meses atrás +46

    I can imagine how much more amazing it would be in a few decades, it is already cool as hell already, but in the future AI would more understood and used. Idk how to explain it well cos I'm not good at words but It'll be cool to see more of these builds at different places!!

  • Ste
    Ste 2 meses atrás +14

    0:44 - When a German says "we had this until 1945" you know the full story as to why already

  • GoHerping
    GoHerping 2 meses atrás +33

    When he rode out on the little car I was like "that's cool I guess", but then the car drove away :O

  • Ania Free
    Ania Free 2 meses atrás +3

    My jaw dropped when it stood up. I didn't realize it actually was going to walk. That's really incredible.

  • Finger Dreck
    Finger Dreck 2 meses atrás +5

    Tom Scott showing me amazing things of Germany, which I don't know as a German. Thank you!

  • M L
    M L 2 meses atrás +3

    I'd love to see how they actually engineered this, get a look at the inside.

  • Muck Runamucker
    Muck Runamucker 2 meses atrás +7

    What a gorgeous work of art, on top of everything else about it

  • b.d.
    b.d. 2 meses atrás +5

    Ah, the new robot looks so cool. I watched the festival years ago with the previous version. It was really fun. :)

  • MagusRuby
    MagusRuby 2 meses atrás +3

    That's actually unbelievably cool that it stands on its own. I really want to look at it with my own eyes

  • Denglish5
    Denglish5 2 meses atrás +1

    I haven't felt like a kid this much in so long. Seeing how life like that dragon is took me back to more naive imaginative time. I can't imagine what that must be like to experience live

  • Tom Regenet
    Tom Regenet 2 meses atrás +6

    Really cool! I love your recent tour of animatronics and big installations, really drives the recent progress in technology and engineering home!

  • Seck
    Seck 2 meses atrás +1

    This is amazing! I’m thinking about how difficult it was for the hack smiths to build a walking mech like this.

  • Ross Harrison
    Ross Harrison 2 meses atrás +3

    I watched this video and thought to myself "only the germans would spend 2.8 million on a technological marvel that used in earnest once a year" and im glad that they did!

  • Hex Flareheart
    Hex Flareheart 2 meses atrás +2

    Absolutely, insanely cool. How do you keep finding this kind of stuff?

  • Glenn Griffon
    Glenn Griffon 2 meses atrás +12

    Oh sure, when I suggested that my town build a giant, walking dragon robot i get laughed at. These folks actually go and do it!
    And my town has a real castle in it!

    • Mr.Yeah
      Mr.Yeah 2 meses atrás +3

      Now you've got a video to point to.

  • Vito C
    Vito C 2 meses atrás +39

    This means Disneyland could feasibly have a functional AT-TE (Republic Walker) from Star Wars

    • Maddie Paige
      Maddie Paige 2 meses atrás

      @Vigilant Cosmic Penguin Give it a bit. We'll cause a nuclear winter yet.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 meses atrás

      @Joe S Well, sure, but it'd be really hard to recreate the weather for Tatooine and Hoth.

    • Razurio
      Razurio 2 meses atrás +5

      @Joe S kinda like the "Europa-Park"
      It's the second most popular theme park in Europe but instead of having Tatooine or Hoth It's themed after the different European countries

    • Maddie Paige
      Maddie Paige 2 meses atrás +2

      I'm not crazy about Star Wars anymore but I do have a lego AT-TE. Seeing one IRL would not be an unwelcome experience. :3

    • Joe S
      Joe S 2 meses atrás +11

      If Disney was smart, they would have had different lands in each park: Tatooine in Orlando (full sized Falcon), Hoth in California (full size AT-AT, snowspeeders), Endor in Paris,(AT-ST, speeder bike attraction) perhaps. This would definitely help get more traffic to the parks, and make a lot more sense.

  • Chokyo
    Chokyo 2 meses atrás +2

    Amazing construction.
    I like how all of the staff has an emergency stop button.
    Just in case.

  • Anna Aerial
    Anna Aerial 2 meses atrás +1

    yes yes yes! thanks for covering this Tom, I've been to Drachenstich and it's amazing!!!

  • J W
    J W 2 meses atrás

    I was totally taken aback when the low loader was wheeled out from underneath... I did not expect it to be self supporting and moving. So cool.

  • αgєηтƒχ
    αgєηтƒχ 2 meses atrás +30

    excited to see a video about this since this town is about 15 minutes away from me and my stepdad grew up there :D

  • Donald Duck
    Donald Duck 2 meses atrás +2

    This shows that tradition can be combined with modern technology. Just great👍

  • wraitholme
    wraitholme Mês atrás

    It's amazing to see something that actually _walks_ , rather than just another collection of mechanisms bolted to a wheeled frame.

  • DogsWithPurpose
    DogsWithPurpose 2 meses atrás +3

    That’s so neat that they modernized a 400 year old play to keep it fresh!

  • Joachim Winckler
    Joachim Winckler 2 meses atrás +3

    And one of the coolest and biggest german medieval camps with lots and lots of very enthusiastic reenacters during the Drachenstich, as well.

  • Guybrush
    Guybrush 2 meses atrás +4

    I live in germany and i was there as once and it was really awesome, i spesifically remember when the dragon spewed fire that you could really feel the heat. verry cool!

  • Daan Wilmer
    Daan Wilmer 2 meses atrás +1

    My jaw dropped when the dragon stood up from the transporter. That's amazing engineering!

  • Logan L
    Logan L 2 meses atrás +1

    I was honestly so surprised when the cart got out from under the dragon! Didn't expect it to be free-standing!

  • Kristen Rowen-Pliske
    Kristen Rowen-Pliske 2 meses atrás +1

    Oh that is so awesome! I’d love to visit that festival!

  • Manav Gala
    Manav Gala 2 meses atrás +22

    I'm most amazed by the fact that they could make this in 2 million euros

    • Peter Kelley
      Peter Kelley 2 meses atrás

      City B: We'll let you have, even help you build a Dragon.
      City A: If this works out we'll train it to defend your city too.!

    • Carry
      Carry 2 meses atrás +7

      It was also partly a marketing strategy for Zollner, the company that built it.
      Because who else can say that they made the biggest walking robot on earth

    • tth 2507
      tth 2507 2 meses atrás +4

      @ICHBlNS Its the other way round. The guy who was leading the building team became mayor afterwards.

    • ICHBlNS
      ICHBlNS 2 meses atrás +9

      @ThefalleStrat The City's Mayor is also an Engineer and worked at the company that built it - i think there were some favors involved :)

    • ThefalleStrat
      ThefalleStrat 2 meses atrás +19

      It was a special deal because the manufacturer is in a neighboring city and the ceo grew up there or something like that

  • Stormagheddon Dark Lord of All

    That is the coolest! I hope we see more robots like this in the future!

  • Floko
    Floko 2 meses atrás +10

    If you come to Furth im Wald in the middle of august (this year 19-21. august) you can also vist the "Cave Gladium", germans best and i also think biggest medieval market. I have been there many times, some years as a reenactor and part of it, and it is really great

    • Nesa
      Nesa 2 meses atrás +2

      I've been there a few years ago and it was great!

  • Oaken Shadow
    Oaken Shadow 2 meses atrás

    So cool! I really hope to go there soon! I have family out there now, and really love this.

  • acceptable casualty
    acceptable casualty 2 meses atrás +7

    I find it kind of funny that they introduced a 4-man Crew, tank-style, in 1945. I suppose that's one of the best ways to apply wartime experience- folklore entertainment! They even have a driver that can't really see!

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 2 meses atrás +2

      "Mist! We lost the war! This entire company is going to go bankrupt, and there are no more jobs for tank operators."
      "Hey, what if we operated a dragon instead?"
      "...Ja, that might work."

  • RitosM
    RitosM 2 meses atrás +2

    I was slightly disappointed when the elephant in the previous video wasn't walking on its legs, but this one not only does that but it also BREATHES FIRE and SPITS BLOOD?! That's amazing.

  • Alexander Alldritt
    Alexander Alldritt 2 meses atrás

    This is incredible. I feel a great urge to walk around this thing, cheering and throwing my hands up from every angle.

  • Joshua Solis
    Joshua Solis 2 meses atrás

    Woah, I didn't know such robotics existed! Thanks Tom for letting me and us know that this majestic engineering walks the earth among us! This is really some gundam/zoids sh*t right here.

  • GLaDOS .V42
    GLaDOS .V42 2 meses atrás +7

    When i saw the dragon rolling out on its carrier i was like oh cool it one of those ''walking'' sculptures made up like a dragon, does look a little squat though? oh it probably has hydraulics in the belly to lift it to standing..... and than it actually stood and i went HOLY SH*T THATS AN AMAZING PIECE OF ENGINEERING

  • corny
    corny  2 meses atrás +1

    I'm from Germany and my mother once got to See that Thing way Back in 2018 or Something Like that. Really awesome Peace of engineering. I remember being so impressed by this Thing, but sadly, i havent been able to see this beast myself, because this Festival only Takes place once a year and i Always have to Go to school that Week. I Always hoped you'd Cover this one in a Video thank you tom

  • sudo kode
    sudo kode 2 meses atrás +1

    Think I've got you beat, Tom. What about Big Muskie? Granted it's not operational anymore, but there are other examples of big walking dragline excavators. Big Muskie has its own Wikipedia page though, so it's the most prominent example. It was 67m x 148m x 46m and weighed 12,000 tons. They move around on giant legs that actually walk and fully support the weight. It'd make for a super interesting video 😉

  • SaiiZ
    SaiiZ 2 meses atrás +2

    yoooo, i was there when i was a little german bub, it was awesome seeing that massive thing walking along and breathing fire live... it's really gigantic

  • Donie
    Donie 2 meses atrás +9

    youve forgotten to mention that the dragon can dance to ACDC as well

  • Hijynks
    Hijynks Mês atrás

    I went to Furth im Wald myself during the Dragon Festival this year to see this big guy specifically because of this video telling me that this exists. Unfortunately I never got to see Tradinno in action during the play, because the performance he's used in didn't come until later in the evening and I had to get a train home before then. But I did get to visit it at rest in the Drachenhöhle. Thank you for prompting a great day out, Tom!

  • Quotenwagnerianer
    Quotenwagnerianer 2 meses atrás +7

    A dragon-slaying festival? That has to be the most german thing I ever heard. Our national epic starts with the slaying of a dragon.
    I'm german, why didn't I know this existed? I looked at the pictures from the festival. The Knight attacks the dragon on horseback. How cool is that!

  • Sonia
    Sonia 2 meses atrás

    I didn't know we had this giant dragon robot in Germany. Thank you for finding these interesting stories and things for us, Tom!

  • Andrew Ponti
    Andrew Ponti Mês atrás

    What an absolute feat of modern engineering and human ingenuity while recreating a historic and cultural tale and festival.

  • Bento
    Bento Mês atrás

    I consider €2.300.000 an absolute steal for this kind of custom one-off engineering, especially considering this is tech from 12 years ago already.

  • Clinton Matos
    Clinton Matos Mês atrás +1

    I can't believe we kinda already have a mech this size. We really are living in the future.

  • KrabGor
    KrabGor Mês atrás

    that is so cool, i'd love to be on the team designing that thing

  • Sarah Cook
    Sarah Cook 2 meses atrás

    I just recently discovered your videos and I'm thoroughly enjoying them 🤗