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Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot

  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • After scaling the cliff walls of the Grand Canyon and driving the Le Mans racetrack for 24 hours, a tiny Japanese robot is set for a new challenge - Hawaii's gruelling Ironman Triathlon course.
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Fitted with three different bodies and three rechargeable batteries, the hand-sized "Evolta" from electronics firm Panasonic will swim, bicycle and run its way through one of the world's toughest triathlon routes, the company said.
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • "This is very tough even for a sportsman, but I think it is worth a challenge," said Tomotaka Takahashi, who created the green-and-white toy-like robot. "The robot will encounter a lot of hardships on its way, but I hope it will overcome them all and succeed in the end."
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • The robot will have to swim, run and bike for a total of approximately 230 km. The time given to complete the task is one week or 168 hours, which is ten times longer than it would take a sportsman. "Evolta's height is just one-tenth of a grown man, so we figured out that it would take it 10 times more time," Takahashi added.
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Of the three bodies, which include one mounted on a tiny bicycle and another in a round hoop with a supporting rear wheel, the 51-cm (20 inch) high swimming robot - mounted on a curved, fin-like blade with its arms stretched out - presented special challenges. "I had to think of the ways to make it water-proof and protect it from mold as much as possible," Takahashi said.
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • The batteries the robot bears on its back, which go on sale in Japan on October 21, can be recharged up to 1,800 times by being placed on a recharger pad.
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • The triathlon challenge begins on October 24 and will continue non-stop for seven days and nights. The actual Ironman World Championship takes place in early October.
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Among its other achievements, Evolta has also walked the 500 km from Tokyo to the old Japanese capital of Kyoto.
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot
  • Meet Evolta - the running, swimming and cycling robot