Robot marathon to be held

2011-02-16 17:52
Tokyo - A technology company is organising the world's first marathon for robots in Japan, a country known for its love of gizmos.

So far, five robots have entered the event, expected to last four days next week. Organiser Vstone Co said on Wednesday that five it will demonstrate the machines' durability and manoeuvrability.

The "Robo Mara Full" race kicks off on February 24 and is open only to androids with two legs. The robots must complete 422 laps around a 100m indoor racetrack to cover 42km.

Survivors of the nonstop race - except for battery changes and repairs - are expected to hit the finish line on February 27, when their human counterparts run in the popular Tokyo marathon.

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