World’s First Robot Marathon Kicks Off In Japan

The world’s first ever robot marathon kicked off  in the Japanese city of Osaka on Thursday, organized by local authorities and a local robotics firm. The toy-sized two-legged robots have to complete 42.195 kilometres or 26 miles in a period of 4 days. All robot participants will have to circle a 100-meter indoor track about 422 times in order to complete the race.

Robot Operators are allowed to change batteries and functions during the race but if a robot falls down, it must get up by itself.

A robot named “Robovie-PC” leads the race at the moment, but with 3 days still to go it’s anyone’s game. You can watch live coverage of the marathon here.

via BBC