Robot Marathon Lasts Two Days, Decided by One Second

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Run, robots! Run!

You missed one doozy of a marathon in Osaka, Japan over the weekend. “The world’s first full-length marathon for two-legged robots,” as reported by the AFP, took two days to finish at an average speed of less than half a mile per hour. The kicker, though, is that the race was decided by one second.

The winner was Robovie-PC, who beat out four other robots on an indoor track. The race began Thursday morning, one robot gave up after a single lap, and two other robots still hadn’t finished the marathon by Saturday night.

Oh, and the robot that Robovie-PC beat by a single second was called Robovie-PC Lite. Both robots were designed by the same company. Oh man, and the company that designed the robots also put the robot marathon together. What’s going on here?! This smells like a robo-scandal!


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