Platform Two – RCA

Mr WU & his ‘Sons’
February 20, 2009, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Kieren Jones | Tags: , ,

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Can you imagine a Chinese farmer with no formal education being able to build funny and awesome robots? Well, Mr. Wu Yulu has found a way to build many robots using the wire, metal, screws and nails from rubbish sites.  Building those robots weren’t easy for Mr. Wu. He burned down his whole house. His wife almost left him. He also had explosion in his hands that left him with scars on his hands & arms and pain in his wrists. A month ago, Wu Yulu sold his “son” for 30,000 yuan (US$3,750).  Wu Laowu (the fifth son of the Wu family), is, well, a robot Wu made with his own hands 10 years earlier.

“I couldn’t sleep well for several days after selling the child, but I had no other choice. I had to pay off my debts,” said Wu, 44, a farmer from Mawu village in eastern Beijing.

On his TV screen, he plays a video of Wu Laowu, serving tea and lighting cigarettes.  In the past 26 years, Wu Yulu has made 25 robots, and “all of them were like my sons.”  Selling robot Wu Laowu helped speed the repayment of his loan. “The neighbours would not mention money, but I had to show them some consideration,” he said.  Last month, Wu made the headlines again for a new invention, a robot able to pull a rickshaw one step every three or four seconds.


“There are so many good things in life, and they become the basis for my robots.”


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