Watch More Than 1000 Robots Dance Their Way to a World Record

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So far, 2016 seems to be the Year of the Humanoid Robot. The machines are currently working in hospitals, beating human athletes in badminton matches, and even exploring shipwrecks. Now, Gizmodo reports, a group of more than 1000 partying bots in China have scored a Guinness World Record: On Saturday, July 30, at the 2016 Qingdao International Beer Festival in East China’s Shandong province, the machines shook, gyrated, and swayed together in a huge group, setting a brand-new record for most robots dancing simultaneously.

According to a release from Guinness World Records, the tiny robots you’ll see in the video above are named QRC-2. They stand around 1.5 feet high, and were produced by Qingdao-based robotics company Ever Win Company, Ltd., who organized the giant robot dance.

Controlled by a mobile phone, the bots had to dance for a full minute in perfect sync to break the prior record: 540 robots dancing together in the southern city of Shenzhen, China, last February. (Chinese company UBTECH Robotics Corp sponsored the record attempt.)

Though 1040 machines participated in last weekend’s dance, some fell or stopped dancing, so only 1007 completed the trial, Chinese media outlet Yibada reports. Still, they managed to surpass UBTECH Robotics Corp’s efforts, and shimmied their way into robotics history. Watch them in motion below:

[h/t Gizmodo]

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