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Humanoid robots carry the torch at Winter Olympic Relay

20 December 2017

Humanoid robot, Hubo, was a successful part of the Winter Olympic Torch Relay which took place in Daejeon for the PyeongChang Olympics 2018.

Hubo carries the torch (Credit: KAIST)

Hubo was created at South Korea’s Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) robotics lab, which is where the last leg of the torch relay took place. Hubo was developed by Professor Jun Ho Oh from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at KASIT and is best known for winning the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015.

Arriving at KAIST in an autonomous car with Dr. Dennis Hong, a professor from the University of California, Hubo received the flame from Professor Hong and then had to drill through a wall to deliver it to the last runner. 

The last runner was Jung Jae Lee who was not only controlling but riding FX-2, another robot developed by Professor Oh for the torch relay. FX-2 took a few steps to complete the relay. 

Lee said, “I would like to become an expert in security. As I was riding the robot, I felt every step I took was one step closer to making major developments in the field of security.”

Professor Oh said, “It is meaningful to see humans and robots cooperating with each other to carry out the torch relay.”

The torch relay, participated in by both humans and robots in Daejeon, was successfully completed and the torch headed off to Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do. 

Video courtesy of KAIST


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