Mac & Mac's Pick: slaying the dragon

By WEEK Reporter

September 16, 2013 Updated Sep 16, 2013 at 10:35 PM CDT

Furth im Wald, Bavaria, Germany -- Here's something new in the way of German engineering.

Forget BMW and Mercedes, the real technology is in robots, but not just in any robot.

No, the latest, greatest example of German engineering is a fire-breathing dragon which, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is the world's largest walking robot.

The creature is 51 ft. long, has a 40 ft. wingspan, and weighs 11 tons.

The dragon was built to appear in "Drachenstich" a 500-year-old Bavarian folk play staged every August.

"Drachenstich" means "spearing the dragon", which is pretty much what the play is about, along with a noble princess willing to sacrifice herself, a knight who gets caught up in local politics, and flaming baton twirlers.

The dragon is guaranteed to make sure German children gave bad dreams for weeks to come.

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