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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Robot to compete in Hawaii triathlon

Having already climbed a 1,500ft rope up the Grand Canyon and driven the Le Mans circuit for 24 hours, Panasonic's Evolta robot is ready for a new challenge.

As such the tiny robot is gearing up to compete in the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

It will don three different bodies in order to 'run', 'swim' and 'cycle' its way round the course, covering a total of 140 miles.

While human competitors complete the course within a day, Evolta is expected to take seven days or 168 hours.

Each stage of the way it will utilise a different body - including one mounted on a bicycle and another in a round hamster wheel style hoop that will allow it to 'run'.

Meanwhile, the Evolta's 51-cm (20 inch) high swimming incarnation is mounted on a curved, fin-like blade with its arms stretched out.

All three bodies will be powered by a set of three rechargeable batteries to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run.

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