26 Feb '11, 9am

Humanoids run world's first robot marathon race: OSAKA - ROBOVIE-PC, a toy-sized humanoid, won the world's first...

OSAKA - ROBOVIE-PC, a toy-sized humanoid, won the world's first full-length marathon for two-legged robots by a whisker on Saturday, beating its closest rival by a single second after more than two days of racing. Five bipedal machines began the non-stop 42.2km contest on a 100-metre indoor track in the western Japanese city of Osaka on Thursday morning after doing knee bends or raising their hands to greet spectators. One of the competitors retired after finishing only the first lap, but the others continued running day and night, getting up by themselves every time they fell to the floor or got into collisions with rivals. Robovie-PC, 40cm tall and weighing 2.4kg, stormed into first place with only a few laps to go after Robovie-PC Lite, which had established a comfortable lead and appeared to have secured an easy victory, suddenly locked up. Robovie-PC Lite managed to r...

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