If you yet haven’t heard about the robot marathon in Osaka, Japan then here are some tidbits about the event. Recently organized by robotics firm Vstone and the Osaka government, the Robomarafull contest had 5 participants comprising of about a foot tall humanoid robots which had to beat one another at a 26 mile marathon. A 100m long track was set on the 11th floor of Osaka’s ATC building wherein the bots had to make 422 rounds of the track. Since the tiny robots weren’t exactly fast, the race had a three day long schedule which initiated on 24th February. The miniature bots could either run autonomously or could be remotely controlled.
The winner of the race happens to be humanoid Robovie-PC from Vstone that completed the race in a time span of 54 hours 57 minutes and 50 seconds. The teams which took part in the World’s first Robot Marathon were Vstone [1st], Center for Robotics [2nd], Osaka Institute of Technology A[3rd], Job Creation[4th] and Osaka Institute of Technology B[5th].