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Ready, Set, Go! Robot skiers compete in the Olympics

15 February 2018

The Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang played host to a very special competition with a $10,000 prize on offer: The Robot Ski Challenge!

Image courtesy of Minirobot Corp/YouTube

The competition, ‘Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge’, saw eight robotics teams from universities, institutes and a private company send robots down the 80m slope of the Welli Hilli Ski Resort, avoiding obstacles, in a race to the finish line. 

The robots were outfitted with ski clothes and helmets, giving them a rather human-like appearance. To meet the requirement, the bots had to be able to stand on two legs, have joints resembling elbows and knees and be a minimum of 50cm tall. 

Unfortunately, due to the freezing temperatures most of the robots went tumbling down the slopes because of failed mechanics. One robot however - Taekwon V - took first place. 

Visit the competitions Facebook page for more information.

Video courtesy of Minirobot Corp, the makers of the winning robot.

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