First robot marathon kicks off

2011-02-24 10:10

Tokyo – The world’s first robot marathon is under way in western Japan, with five two-legged participants racing on an indoor track.

The race kicked off today with the 30cm-tall, battery-charged robots competing around a 100m racetrack. They will have to cover 42km.

Japanese robot maker and event organiser Vstone says the Robo Mara Full race in Osaka will demonstrate the machines’ durability and maneuverability.

Vstone robots took an early lead, while two entrants by Osaka University of Engineering teams got off to a shaky start. The race is expected to last through Sunday.

Vstone CEO Nobuo Yamato hopes the event will go international in the future.

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