Robotic “Triathlete” to do Ironman
by on September 19, 2011 in General Triathlon

Robot IronmanIt’s not enough that robots can potentially replace you at your job; now there’s a robot that might just replace you at your next triathlon!

Panasonic’s “Evolta” robot is going to attempt to complete an Ironman-distance triathlon – including a swim, a bike, and a run – using various attachable body parts to allow it to complete each leg.

Since Evolta is 1/10th the size of a human, organizers are giving him, er, her, ah, “it,” ten times the normal amount of time that it takes an average human to complete an Ironman-distance triathlon (which, as most of you know, has a 17 hour time cutoff), or 168 hours – basically one week. And you thought Ironman was a tough spectator sport.

Evolta’s previous achievements include climbing the walls of the Grand Canyon and driving the Le Mans racetrack for 24 hours.

The event will take on the Big Island in Hawaii just a few weeks after the Ironman World Championship which is set for October 8th in Kona. Who knows, if this takes off perhaps we’ll see legions of robotic triathletes competing for qualifying spots in the Robotic Ironman World Championship. What’s next? The Robotic Ironman Lottery, of course!

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