World’s First Robot Marathon Kicks Off In Japan

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