Evolta robot to tackle grueling Ironman triathlon

Panasonic's little robot takes his three rechargeable AA batteries to Hawaii to take on the Ironman course. He'll have one week to swim, bike, and run more than 140 miles combined.

Evolta swimming robot
Does this make it the Ironbot triathlon? Panasonic

Panasonic's Evolta robot doesn't look like your typical top athlete. The little green and white guy can stand on the palm of your hand. He runs on rechargeable batteries.

The 7-inch-tall humanoid is also very ambitious. He is taking on Hawaii's famous Ironman Triathlon course, a competition that leaves many human athletes in the dust.

Evolta running robot
Run as fast as your little legs can carry you. (Click to enlarge.) Panasonic

The athletic Evolta already climbed the Grand Canyon, survived 24 hours of Le Mans , and walked from Toyko to Kyoto . He will now swim, bike, and run for a total of more than 140 miles with a one-week time limit to cross the finish line.

Three specialized bodies powered by three AA batteries each are required to get through the event, which Panasonic conceived of to promote its Evolta line of rechargeable batteries. He'll be going day and night with breaks to recharge.

"Their biggest hurdle is the swim," Evolta developer Tomotaka Takahashi says in a press video. "They'll be swimming in the sea. There are huge waves, tides, and the wind on the ocean surface."

A forward-crawl swimming style was chosen to get the plucky little machine through the challenge. The swimming version of the bot is attached to flotation devices and has spinning arms for propulsion.

The biking version of the bot rides a little bike with training wheels while the running robot has what looks like a hamster wheel. He'll be up against wind, sun, and road obstacles that normal-size creatures just step over.

After tackling Ironman, Evolta should qualify as The Studliest Robot in the World. The robot race kicks off on October 23, a couple of weeks after humans tackle the course. Good luck, little fella.

Evolta biking robot
Pedal harder! Panasonic

 

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