24 Feb '11, 3am

Robot marathon kicks off in Japan: TOKYO - THE world's first full-length marathon for two-legged robots kicked o...

TOKYO - THE world's first full-length marathon for two-legged robots kicked off in Japan on Thursday, with the toy-sized humanoids were due to run 42.195km The machines began the non-stop race on a 100m indoor track in the western city of Osaka after doing knee bends or raising their hands to greet spectators. The bipedal robots - the tallest of which measures 44 cm - must complete 423 laps to reach their goal. The 'Robo Mara Full' race is organised by Vstone Co, a robot technology firm based in the western industrial city, in cooperation with the Osaka prefectural government. Competitors are allowed to change batteries and the so-called servomotors which control the robots' speed and other functions. Robovie-PC from Vstone led the race at the start. Video footage from a camera in its head can be seen at http: www.ustream.tv/channel/robovie-pc. A wide view of the race can ...

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