Panasonic is back with its EVOLTA World Challenge, and this time around the company is taking it up a notch by turning it into a 230km triathlon. That means the EVOLTA robot will be swimming, biking and running. And to ensure that the robot is capable of such trials, Panasonic will be working together with renowned robot creator, Tomotaka Takahashi, to design three suits for the EVOLTA robot.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the EVOLTA World Challenge, it is an annual event that Panasonic uses to showcase the power of its EVOLTA rechargeable batteries, by using them to power a cute little robot named the EVOLTA. It started in 2008, where the EVOLTA was powered by only two AA EVOLTA batteries and spent 6 hours and 46 minutes to successfully scale 530.4m of the Grand Canyon.
Each year has been a different challenge, and this year’s proves to be the toughest yet. Taking place in Hawaii, the EVOLTA robot will take part in the Iron Man triathlon where it will have one week to complete the course, with no breaks except at stops to recharge its batteries. Three different EVOLTA robots will be used, each one suited up for a different purpose. This will be the first time a robot takes part in the Iron Man triathlon, and it’ll be interesting to see how this tiny little robot fares in the competition. Check out the video promo to see what the robot is in for when the World Challenge 4 kicks off on October 23rd:
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