Meet "Evolta", the hand sized Panasonic robot that’s about to attempt what most humans find difficult: completing a triathlon. But this robot is no stranger to extreme sports as he’s already scaled the cliff walls of the Grand Canyon and driven the Le Mans racetrack for 24 hours.
But this isn’t just any triathlon, its Hawaii’s famous Ironman course (ha ha, Ironman, get it?). To complete the triathlon, the robot will have to swim, run and bike for approximately 230 km. To complete it, he’ll need to be in three different bodies: the first body to run, the second to bike, and the third to swim across the water.
He gets a week – or 168 hours – to complete the task, but if he takes that long, then he shouldn’t be in that competition to begin with! The average sportsman can complete it in one tenth of that time. Creator Tomotaka Takahashi says "This is very tough even for a sportsman, but I think it is worth a challenge."
What does it all mean? It means that robots, while cute when they’re tiny like Evolta, are still one day going to take over the world. Will Smith in IROBOT, you called it like it is.