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Chinese Robot Smashes Booth and Injures Man at Shenzhen Hi-Tech Fair

For the first time in China, a robot has injured a person. The Chinese robot turned violent at Shenzhen’s Hi-Tech fair, What’s on Weibo found.

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For the first time in China, a robot has injured a person. The Chinese robot turned violent at the China Hi-Tech fair (CHTF) in Shenzhen. Some Chinese netizens fear the incident signals the start of the invasion of the robots, What’s on Weibo found.

For the first time in China, a robot has ‘attacked’ and injured a person. The incident occurred at the 18th China Hi-Tech Fair, that kicked off in Shenzhen on November 16th.

A robot called ‘Little Chubby’ (小胖) was temporarily left without supervision at the hi-tech fair, after which it suddenly smashed through a glass booth and injured a visitor.

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According to Chinese media, the visitor has been taken to the hospital for his injuries shortly after the unsupervised robot smashed the booth.

Little Chubby is designed for children in the 4-12 age category and is used as an educational robot. The Chinese robot, produced by a Beijing-based tech company, can be purchased for approximately 1460 US$ (9988元) on Chinese e-commerce websites.

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Now that it seems that Little Chubby has some serious flaws, parents might think twice before buying the robot for their children.

The Little Chubby robot did not look too happy after its violent outburst (picture via Sina News).

The Little Chubby robot did not look too happy after its violent outburst (picture via Sina News).

Although some netizens on Sina Weibo expressed their concern over the incident, many found the news amusing: “This robot is a pioneer in his struggle against humanity,” one commenter wrote. “The invasion of the robots has started”, another person wrote.

“The Terminator is out there!” one other Weibo user said.

The China Hi-Tech Fair, held at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, is the leading technology event of China. The 6-day annual fair brings together thousands of the hottest and latest technological innovations.

“Maybe Little Chubby was just unhappy about being a made-in-China robot,” one netizen said.

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, Sino-Japanese relations and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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  1. Ajiesh Thuvaoor Kayi

    November 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Chinese Robots will behave like China NOT like Japan or India !!

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China’s Latest Online Viral Game Makes You Clap for Xi Jinping

Smart propaganda – now clapping for Xi Jinping has become a competition.

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In a new online game that has come out during the 19th National Congress in Beijing, Chinese netizens can compete in applauding for Xi Jinping. The game has become an online hit.

The major 19th CPC National Congress started on Wednesday in Beijing with a speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping that took nearly 3,5 hours.

The speech, that focused on China’s future and its rise in the world today, was repeatedly paused for the appropriate applause from the party members in the audience.

With the introduction of a new game by Tencent, people can now also clap along to Xi Jinping’s speech from their own living room. The game became an online hit on October 18. It was already played over 400 million times by 9 pm Beijing time.

The mobile game can be opened through a link that takes you to a short segment of the lengthy speech by Xi Jinping. In the short segment, President Xi mentions that it is the mission of the Communist Party of China to strive for the happiness and the rise of the Chinese people.

The app then allows you “clap” for Xi by tapping the screen of your phone as many times as you can within a time frame of 18 seconds. After completing, you can invite your friends to play along and compete with them.

The game has become especially popular on WeChat, where some users boast that they have scored a ‘clap rate’ of 1695.

If you’re up to it, you can try to clap as much as you can for Xi Jinping here (mobile only).
(Update Friday, October 20: the game link now redirects to the Tencent News site themed around the 19th Party Congress through desktop. On mobile, the game still works, and has been played over 1,2 billion times.)

With a score of 1818 you’re better than 99% of all players.

By Manya Koetse and Diandian Guo

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This Digital Device Now Helps Chinese Police Catch Traffic Violators

After RoboCop, here’s Guardrail Drone: this high-tech device makes it easier and safer for Chinese police to catch traffic violators.

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A new digital device makes it easier and safer for Chinese police to catch traffic violators. A local experiment with the police gadget proved successful earlier this year.

From now on, it might no longer be the police that warns drivers to drive slowly through construction zones or to get off the emergency lane. A new digital device can now help Chinese traffic police to send out warnings or to catch people violating traffic rules.

The automated device can be placed on the guardrail and is directly connected to the smartphone of the police officer controlling it. Through the camera on the device, the police can see when someone is driving on the emergency lane and can send out police warning signs and sounds through the speakers on the device.

On Chinese social media, a video on how the device works has been making its rounds over the past few days. Some netizens say the new device is just “awesome,” and others warn drivers not to use the traffic lane; the chances of getting caught are now bigger because of the police’s new helper.

The device was first successfully tested locally in May of this year at a Zhejiang Expressway, NetEase’s Huang Weicheng (黄唯诚) reported in July of this year.

Earlier in 2017, police also experimented with a new police robot, jokingly called ‘Robocop’ by netizens, to help police catching fugitives and answer questions from people at the train station.

In our latest Weivlog we will tell you all about this ‘guardrail drone’; how it works and where it has been implemented:

By Manya Koetse

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