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Robot To Slowly Run Ironman Triathlon Course

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the slow-and-steady-kills-the-humans dept.

Robotics 71

itwbennett writes "A robot designed by Panasonic will be running the course of this year's Ironman World Championship triathlon next month. But don't expect it to win. The diminutive robot won't even be competing in the actual race. It will start the Ironman course Oct. 24 and finish in about a week (168 hours), according to its designer. 'Evolta's height is just one-tenth of a grown man, so we figured out that it would take it 10 times more time,' Panasonic design engineer Tomotaka Takahashi told Reuters."

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Does not compute (1)

Shorty1911 (878896) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414346)

lol

Pictures of the robot... (-1, Flamebait)

dev536 (2459938) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414386)

Not tall indeed, but cute [aeonity.com]

Re:Pictures of the robot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37414436)

Don't cum in my ass, I want it in my mouth.

Re:Pictures of the robot... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37414498)

Don't click that link.

PSA: Parent link contains gaping ass (3, Insightful)

spazdor (902907) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414542)

warning: goatse

Re:PSA: Parent link contains gaping ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37414624)

What is goatse? Goats that I must see?

I'm clinking it anyway, how bad could it be.

Re:PSA: Parent link contains gaping ass (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37414742)

OH GOD! It's.... so.. arousing..! Quick, someone combine this with tubgirl!

Re:PSA: Parent link contains gaping ass (4, Funny)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414760)

Is it wrong that I find goatse to be a sort of comforting, nostalgic presence these days? Once it may have inspired revulsion, true. But now I think: ah, a familiar friend from the 1990s Web 1.0 internet! We have had our differences, sure, but at least we are not like those Web 3.0 types, eh? Perhaps we are even allies now? Wouldn't we all like to see the looks on their faces when a goatse link gets thrown into the social-media mix?

Re:PSA: Parent link contains gaping ass (2)

spazdor (902907) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415104)

No, I feel the same way. I've long since hit the point of 'semantic saturation' with that image, so the visceral shock reaction is virtually gone. In its place is the knowledge that, out there, there are millions of people who played the same gross-each-other-out adolescent games as I did.

I kind of miss the guy who posted the "brown rope" scat-porn stories about Pres. Obama too.

gap.zip (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415766)

I've long since hit the point of 'semantic saturation' with that image [on the front page of Goatse], so the visceral shock reaction is virtually gone.

Goatse is the third image in a set of 40 (highly NSFW) [goatse.info] . Do you get a shock reaction to the less familiar pictures among those? What about the "pain series" (so NSFW I won't even link them)?

Re:gap.zip (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37416410)

Sorry, but no.... Nice try though. After seeing such cultural expressions as stretched ear lobes and lip plates, this seems only a bit more strange. Nothing compared to a first-time goatse exposure.

'Tis a pretty freaky example of what's possible with human anatomy. I'll give you that. Cheers.

Re:PSA: Parent link contains gaping ass (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37416122)

Whatever happen to good ole tubgirl, that's what I want to know. She just doesn't get any love any more.

the tail is too big/bloated to wag the dog anymore (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37414404)

the 'dog', meanwhile, is too tired & skinny (hard times) to even bother wanting the (excessively burdensome demanding dangerous) tail anymore.

saw it in a movie. we can expect the 'old shoe' to drop in on us any day now? not that we couldn't use a genuine hero or 2?

was that gw bush (descendant of inbred royalty) that got uninvited to peddle his wares in canada, our neighbor & ally?

disarm. for each of the creators' innocents harmed in any way.....

Where's yer Energizer Bunny now? (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414478)

Actually, count me unimpressed. Googling for mAh numbers shows that Evolta comes in third behind Eneloop and Energizer rechargeables.

Re:Where's yer Energizer Bunny now? (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37419090)

Would Eneloop be the best? I would love to know who makes the best ones so I can buy a ton of them for around the house. The Energizer ones I have already seen kick the heck out of the Duracell, Duracell doesn't even make them in the same capacity ranges

Triathalon (3, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414506)

As far as this "robot" is concerned, it is a toy. It needs floats to swim, training wheels on it's bicycle, and it runs in a hamster wheel. Heck, it's not even the same robot running the three legs of the Ironman! This has nothing to do with robotics. It is a publicity stunt for Panasonic's Evolta batteries.

Regarding the Ironman triathalon. I agree with my brother. They should put the swimming last. It would be a different race if you either finish, or die trying.

Re:Triathalon (3, Informative)

jfengel (409917) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415556)

As I'm sure you figured out, that's exactly why they put the swimming first. They watch you like a hawk, with literally hundreds of people out in boats and ski-doos. Having the swimming first means that they get it all over with at once, in a couple of hours, rather than having them be out there literally all day.

Especially for the full-length Ironman, where the finalists don't finish until well after dark. Having to do the swim course in the dark would guarantee deaths.

Re:Triathalon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37419312)

also getting a wetsuit on after running and cycling 140 odd miles is a bit difficult...

Re:Triathalon (1)

smellsofbikes (890263) | more than 2 years ago | (#37421336)

As I'm sure you figured out, that's exactly why they put the swimming first. They watch you like a hawk, with literally hundreds of people out in boats and ski-doos. Having the swimming first means that they get it all over with at once, in a couple of hours, rather than having them be out there literally all day.

Especially for the full-length Ironman, where the finalists don't finish until well after dark. Having to do the swim course in the dark would guarantee deaths.

While that's totally true,from a participant view, mass-start swimming *sucks* compared to mass-start running or cycling. I've gotten to race a couple where they did run-swim-bike and it was vastly more civilized: no getting kicked in the head repeatedly while you're in the water.

Re:Triathalon (1)

jfengel (409917) | more than 2 years ago | (#37421630)

That's interesting. I've never run one like that. Especially on a hot day, that could be fun, a nice cool-off between the run and bike legs. Especially compared to an in-the-water start, early in the morning, which can be frigid even in a wetsuit and even when the day is going to be blistering.

Re:Triathalon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37416362)

Regarding the Ironman triathalon. I agree with my brother. They should put the swimming last. It would be a different race if you either finish, or die trying.

 
I know you're just trolling, but I still have to point out... fuck you asshole. And your brother.

Re:Triathalon (1)

Joce640k (829181) | more than 2 years ago | (#37417882)

I'm confused.... are you agreeing or disagreeing?

Or maybe your idea of 'debate' is just to insult the other person.

Re:Triathalon (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37418344)

I'm confused.... are you agreeing or disagreeing?

Or maybe your idea of 'debate' is just to insult the other person.

Maybe he's politician.

Re:Triathalon (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37419160)

I wish I had mod points for you, but sadly, no points today. That is a true statement that needs some insightful mods :)

Re:Triathalon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37419338)

I'm with you. Put the swim last, and make it twice as long.

Watch for the exciting highlights on ESPN49? (1)

mykepredko (40154) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414680)

Not me - I only watch the "Ocho"

Re:Watch for the exciting highlights on ESPN49? (1)

CaptainJeff (731782) | more than 2 years ago | (#37419322)

The Hawaii Ironman is broadcast on NBC Sports.

Another bullshit story (2)

oldhack (1037484) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414778)

It's a stupid plastic toy robot.

Pictures of the robot... (-1, Troll)

dev655 (2462440) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414784)

Not tall indeed, but cute [aeonity.com]

IRONman Triathlon (1)

CentTW (1882968) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414820)

This Evolta robot may not be fast. He may need to switch out bodies at every leg of the race. He may need to switch out batteries "as many times as necessary" during the race (even though the only reason he's in it is to promote how good his batteries are). He isn't a particularly impressive robot/publicity stunt.

But by golly, he's the only man made of iron* in the ironman race. That's good enough for me.

*Yes I know, it's actually made from plastic

Re:IRONman Triathlon (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415022)

Today I've learned that the human body contains about 4-5 grams of iron. Thanks.

Re:IRONman Triathlon (1)

Shoe Puppet (1557239) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415140)

That plastic roboter probably contains less than that.

Weird logic (3, Insightful)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414826)

They should build a robot 120 times taller than a human. It could run a marathon in a minute, or LA-NY in an hour and a half.

Re:Weird logic (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#37418822)

They should build a robot 120 times taller than a human. It could run a marathon in a minute, or LA-NY in an hour and a half.

If they made it a few hundred miles high, it could finish the whole race in a few seconds just by leaning forwards and touching the end flag while its feet were on the start line.

Now THAT' would be awesome.

What's the point of all this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37414870)

Is there something I'm missing? It will be impressive when a robot competes on the same terms as the human competitors. This means:
  Navigating itself
  Being one robot, not three (!)
  Running on two legs, swimming in some sense (I'd tolerate leeway here), cycling a bike that would be eligible for entry
  Powering itself for the duration of the competition

I don't care how well it does, I would consider it news if a robot could do - or almost do - that.
This, however, is not news. Boo.

Pictures of the robot (-1, Troll)

dev656 (2462444) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414926)

Not tall indeed, but cute [aeonity.com]

From a triathlete's perspective (5, Funny)

jockeys (753885) | more than 2 years ago | (#37414998)

This is interesting. It's not surprising that the triathlon boards are on fire about this today, mostly with triathletes (on average, very type-A and way too competitive) concerned about the robot breaking a variety of rules:

1. it doesn't wear a helmet out of T1 and continuing into T2. Result: DQ
2. it doesn't have a chinstrap to keep buckled. Result: DQ on the bike, time penalty in T1 or T2
3. it will be receiving outside assistance from people other than sanctioned volunteers or medics. Result: time penalty
4. if it has any open tubing it is potentially violating the no open bar-end rule. Result: time penalty
5. if it drafts off anyone on the bike leg, it will be penalized and called out on internet forums as a cheater and a sissy
6. headphones and personal audio devices are banned, if this thing can play an MP3, it's not allowed on the course
7. depending on water temperature, it may not be allowed to wear a wetsuit
8. if it drops batteries or parts on the course it is guilty of equipment abandonment. Result: time penalty
9. if it doesn't finish in 17 hours, it absolutely doesn't count.
10. finally, it must have a valid USAT license or risk being banned from the sport.

Disclaimer: this is a bizarre inside joke for triathletes, don't take it seriously.

Re:From a triathlete's perspective (1)

black soap (2201626) | more than 2 years ago | (#37421022)

I'm not familiar with triathlons etc., but surely you could have worked in a steroid or doping reference?

Metric (3, Funny)

pjt33 (739471) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415002)

Thanks for converting the Imperial "a week" into "168 hours" for us metric users. Weeks are, after all, even more obscure units than hogsheads.

Re:Metric (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37415096)

You're welcome, asshat.

Re:Metric (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37415296)

I don't know about you, but my week has 40 hours you insensitive clod.

That would be a Union week, I believe (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 2 years ago | (#37418402)

And, technically, that 40 is made up of at least 8 hours of break, iirc.

Re:Metric (2)

bernywork (57298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415666)

Now you bring in hogsheads?!!?! I was still trying to get my head around Libraries Of Congress and velocity of sheep in a vacuum....

This was originally covered by thereg in 2005:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/24/vulture_central_standards/ [theregister.co.uk]

Updated in 2007:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10/28/additional_reg_standards/ [theregister.co.uk]

And again in 2010 it seems by the BBC:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/08/10/dollar_coins/ [theregister.co.uk]

Yes, this is all UK centric, but it's amusing anyway,

Re:Metric (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#37418838)

Thanks for converting the Imperial "a week" into "168 hours" for us metric users. Weeks are, after all, even more obscure units than hogsheads.

I expect all the Americans here thought the European metric week was a hundred hours, which is why we only work 40 of them instead of the standard US 70,

Re:Metric (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 2 years ago | (#37419272)

What is that in seconds, I thought seconds was the SI measurement...

6.048e5 it looks like (it has been years since I used scientific notation, hopefully I got it right...)
or
60 ks

Re:Metric (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37422686)

You missed a decimal place. 604.8 ks

Re:Metric (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37423264)

600 ks, but I understand that this is hard, not as natural as 12 inches to a foot and 5280 feet to the mile where conversion is more natural.

Running or walking? (3, Interesting)

sjbe (173966) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415072)

In order to actually be running the robot will have to actually leave the ground between steps. Otherwise it is walking. So is it going to walk the course or run the course?

Re:Running or walking? (1)

hondo77 (324058) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415676)

So you haven't actually seen the "run" leg of an Ironman, have you?

Re:Running or walking? (1)

AmericanGladiator (848223) | more than 2 years ago | (#37422358)

All I know is that my third leg is the hardest.

Small Animals (2)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415210)

Does this mean that small animals one-tenth my size are easy to catch because they run so slowly too?

Re:Small Animals (1)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415584)

if they would go in a straight line. That low center of gravity is a bitch.

Re:Small Animals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37417388)

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004737.html

Domestic cats run faster than people.

Re:Small Animals (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 2 years ago | (#37418370)

How many of those animals run on two legs?

Re:Small Animals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37424594)

Mmm, chicken!

Re:Small Animals (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37428468)

No, but animals aren't people shaped. But small people tend to be easy to catch.

You should bring back Kdawson (1)

crossmr (957846) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415352)

2 year old stories, slashvertisements for plastic toys, there really isn't anywhere to go but up at this point.

I might as well get equally as relevant tech news from TMZ.

1/10 of a grown man (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37415640)

Evolta's height is just one-tenth of a grown man, so we figured out that it would take it 10 times more time.

I believe what they mean is that it will take 10x *as long as* a grown man. 10x *more* would yield 11x as long, and I do not see how 1/10 size yields 11x time. It might seem an insignificant point, but I wish people would say what they mean and rely less on ambiguous or incorrect wording.

Re:1/10 of a grown man (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | more than 2 years ago | (#37415688)

My response would be similar. A pug is about 1/10th my size but catching the little fucker is another matter entirely.

Re:1/10 of a grown man (1)

artor3 (1344997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37416192)

Unless you are morbidly obese, you could easily beat your pug in a 140 mile triathlon. The poor little guy would run for a few miles and collapse. And that's assuming it survived the 2.4 mile swim which, if you've ever seen a pug swim, isn't likely...

Re:1/10 of a grown man (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | more than 2 years ago | (#37417562)

Hear that whooshing noise artor?

Re:1/10 of a grown man (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 2 years ago | (#37418878)

Unless you are morbidly obese, you could easily beat your pug in a 140 mile triathlon. The poor little guy would run for a few miles and collapse. And that's assuming it survived the 2.4 mile swim which, if you've ever seen a pug swim, isn't likely...

How many slashdotters do you think could actually finish a 140 mile triathlon? (In one go, of course)

Re:1/10 of a grown man (1)

AmericanGladiator (848223) | more than 2 years ago | (#37422400)

I've done a few Olympic distance tris. I've done a couple of 100-mile bike rides (MN Ironman ride). I'm still not crazy enough to attempt an Ironman distance tri.

Win! (2)

russotto (537200) | more than 2 years ago | (#37416070)

In a bizarre twist, despite it's obscenely poor time, the robot was declared the winner of the Ironman triathlon, as it was the only iron man who entered.

these fucking Japanese guys are creating the futur (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37416386)

These fucking Japanese guys are creating the future. This is the fucking future, it is so clear on 5 dried mushrooms I took 4 hours ago. It is the fucking future, Now! God bless them.

Other Sports (1)

raymorphic (2461142) | more than 2 years ago | (#37417226)

It would be fun to see robots doing other sports.

Re:Other Sports (1)

pmontra (738736) | more than 2 years ago | (#37417724)

It's easy to watch robot horses racing on TV. Those horses have wheels instead of legs and jockeys are fastened and shielded in a protected saddle because of the speed those robots can reach. The historic tracks are Indianapolis, Monaco and Monza. There are also some unofficial steeplechasing races [youtube.com] even if those robots don't seem very fit for that.

Re:Other Sports (1)

black soap (2201626) | more than 2 years ago | (#37421288)

Autonomous robots, of course. Otherwise if you allow r/c it just becomes another battlebots fad. How are we going to prevent the problems that have led stock-car racing to become so rule-bound and anything-but-stock?

Size doesn't matter (1)

sgt scrub (869860) | more than 2 years ago | (#37421430)

That is what I believe and nothing is going to make me change my mind.

I, for one will root for this robot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37422790)

QWOP, you have my support!

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