Harbin Institute of Technology

Robots Developed by HIT Debut at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Updated: 2018/03/09

Translated by: Wang Min
Edited by:
Date: 2018-3-9

During the closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea a group of 24 mobile robots "danced" to music with performers in an eight-minute high-tech show authorized by the Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee. These robots were developed by Leng Xiaokun, Ph.D. student of Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), and his team.

The snow-white colored robots were very flexible (and adorable) as they repeatedly weaved the Winter Olympic flag.  This type of robot is not only lovable in appearance, but also powerful in functionality. As Leng said, “AELOS (the robot) is a smart humanoid robot for entertainment and companionship. Not only does it have a flexible and strong body, it also has a brain of ‘infinite wisdom’. Compared with similar robots, AELOS, with 17 degrees of freedom, is more flexible and able to complete each instruction swiftly and steadily.”

Although the Leju Robotics entrepreneurial team led by Leng is quite “young” it has gained popularity with many domestic first-tier investors, including  Tencent, Shenzhen Capital Group Co., Ltd, and Shenzhen Green Pine Capital Partners Co. Ltd, making it a leading force in the field of humanoid robots in China. With cutting-edge technology and independent R&D capability, Leju Robotics company and its AELOS was chosen by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games.  Standing out from numerous robots, AELOS, on behalf of Chinese robots, provided a warm welcome to the world.

These stunning moments on the stage required great effort by countless people. Although the performance lasted only eight minutes it took an entire day for Leng and his team to shoot the film outdoors where the temperature reached minus 40 degrees. “It was worth all of our efforts.” said Leng who shared his sense of pride in a Wechat Moment.


Robots Developed by HIT Debut at the Closing Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics


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