These are amazing! Home made robots, flying machines, submarines and more… from The Atlantic, In Focus with Alan Taylor.
“Zhang Wuyi with his submarine that captures sea cucumbers at his workshop in Wuhan, Hubei province, on March 25, 2013.”
Wu Yulu: WalkingRobot
“A walking robot invented by farmer Wu Yulu, at Wu’s home near Beijing, on April 14, 2010. Hobby inventor Wu, who started to build robots in 1986, has invented 47 robots that can perform different functions like jumping, painting, drinking, pulling carts, massaging and helping with cooking.”
“Farmer Wu Yulu drives his rickshaw pulled by a his self-made walking robot near his home near Beijing, on January 8, 2009.”
Image: Reuters/Reinhard Krause
Lei Zhiquian: FloatingBicycle
“Lei Zhiqian rides a modified bicycle across the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, on June 16, 2010. The bicycle, equipped with eight empty water containers at the bottom, was modified by Lei’s instructor Li Weiguo, who hopes to put his invention into the market.”
Zhou Miaorong fantastic building evacuation slide!
“70-year-old inventor Zhou Miaorong tries out an evacuation slide he built himself in a building in Shanghai, on March 21, 2013. Zhou took over two years to design and build the mechanical slide which uses no electricity to implement in a domino effect, while also triggering a sprinkler system to fight a fire. Zhou built it after a serious fire in Shanghai in 2010 led to loss of life because of the lack of escape routes, as well as another 2010 incident when the 37th floor of his building caught fire — two incidents which made him think about the need for a high-rise fire escape device.”
See more of these extraordinary Chinese DIY creations in the full Atlantic article.
Like my mother always told me: “necessity is the mother of invention!”