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Homemade robot looks ready for world domination

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Chinese inventor Tao Xiangli modifies the circuits of his self-made robot at his house in Beijing on May 15. Tao, 37, spent about 150,000 yuan ($24,000) and more than 11 months to build the robot out of recycled scrap metal and electric wires that he bought from a second-hand market. The robot is just over 6 and-a-half feet tall and weighs over 500 pounds (480 kilograms).

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Chinese inventor Tao Xiangli welds a component of his self-made robot in the the yard of his house in Beijing on May 15

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Today's robots are rapidly gaining skills to help at home or in the factory, from flipping pancakes to slithering behind dangerous machinery. Some can even jam on the guitar.