Dust off your sword, shield and suit of armor, because Tradinno, the world's largest fire-breathing dragon, is coming for you. The 51-foot long and 11-ton heavy mechanical beast was unveiled as the world's largest walking robot in the Guinness World Records 2014 book released last Thursday. Its name is a portmanteau of the words "tradition" and "innovation," two things the creators of the monumental monster were likely inspired by.
The 30-foot tall manmade beast was created under the direction of German electronics company Zollner Elektronik AG for the express purpose of starring in a German folk play titled "Drachenstich." Tradinno possesses a 40-foot leathery polyurethane and plastic wingspan, walkable limbs and the ability to breathe fire from its mouth and nostrils via 24 pounds of liquid gas, making it the coolest dragon that ever (artificially) lived.
Inside Tradinno is a complicated network of over 4,200 feet of electronic wiring, 984 hydraulic and 360 feet of pneumatic lines, 272 hydraulic valves, 65 animated axles and 238 sensors. Unsheathed, the dragon looks like your typical robot — except probably ten times taller. The animated automaton is controlled by nine modular remotes using Texas Instruments' digital signal processors and Fujitsu microcontrollers. The dragon can walk in a range of seven degrees but unfortunately can't fly — handlers use a 2.0 liter turbo diesel-powered all-wheel drive vehicle to get it around.
Since it was built for the spotlight, Tradinno also has 21 gallons of (cold?) blood running through its robotic veins. In the Drachenstich play — a story that is over 500 years old — a dragon that has slumbered for centuries under a curse awakens in a time of warring factions. The dragon begins destroying the land and can only be stopped by a human sacrifice of a princess and, of course, a knight in shining armor. In the end, it must be lanced to death. Can someone get me a one-way ticket to Germany already?