A conceptual image of the robotic bull developed by the Korea Institute of Robot and Convergence
The robot bulls are roughly 2/3 the size of an actual bull and can move their heads, necks, and limbs aggressively
A look inside the robotic bull developed by the Korea Institute of Robot and Convergence
Two bulls butt heads in Cheongdo county's annual bullfighting festival, a Korean tradition (Photo: Cheongdo county)
South Korea's Cheongdo county is home to a famous bullfighting festival, but like many pastoral traditions its popularity has been waning over the years. What better way to modernize its image and attract some tourists than with some crazy robots? A team from the Korea Institute of Robot and Convergence was tasked with developing them, and now a year and five months later – and a budget of US$400,000 – the robots have been unveiled to the public.
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