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Twenty-Inch Tall Robot To Compete In Hawaii’s Ironman Triathlon

October 24, 2011: The Day The Machines Took Over

His name? Evolta. The corporation we will one day blame for their hand in the Rise of the Machines? Panasonic. That’s right, Evolta, all 20-inches of him and in three different body fittings, will compete in one of the toughest, most grueling, athletic competitions known to mankind: the seven-day, seven night (for humans) Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

Via msnbc:

“This is very tough even for a sportsman, but I think it is worth a challenge,” said Tomotaka Takahashi, who created the green-and-white toy-like robot.

“The robot will encounter a lot of hardships on its way, but I hope it will overcome them all and succeed in the end,” he added.

The robot will have to swim, run and bike for a total of approximately 143 miles. The time given to complete the task is one week or 168 hours, which is ten times longer than it would take a sportsman.

“Evolta’s height is just one-tenth of a grown man, so we figured out that it would take it 10 times more time,” Takahashi added.

Video report follows.

Cute, but chilling. Tomotaka Takahashi and Panasonic, you will most assuredly rue the day you decided to play God by creating a primitive, robotic athlete. Also to blame for the developing robot athlete menace: whoever green-lighted that new Hugh Jackman movie, Real Steel, but there are more reasons to not like them other than just the robot angle.

Tiny robot to attempt Hawaii Ironman triathlon [msnbc]