While athletes are competing in Winter Olympics at PyeongChang, South Korea, the new thing you can sight there are robots. Around 85 robots are serving drinks, cleaning floors, swimming around fish tanks, and guiding lost visitors at the airport in the Olympics. Adding to the surprise, was the first ever Robot Skiing competition held on Monday February 11 at an event adjacent to the Olympic village. While one of the Olympic Winter events has been cancelled in PyeongChang due to bad weather conditions, these mechanical robots were doing completely fine in adverse weather too.
Around eight teams from different universities, institutes and even private companies enrolled for the competition for a prize money of USD 10,000 (EUR 7,200).
And it had a tough selection criteria. Criterias were above 50cm tall, independent power systems, able to stand on two legs and have bendable knees and elbows.
The competition had skis and poles. Each robot was judged on the basis of number of flagpoles avoided, and the fastest time to the finish line. Robot’s balance and skills are tested.
Robots detected the position of flags through sensors. Most of the robots failed to reach the finish line. The robot competing on snow proved to be a great crowd puller till now in Games.
GO ROBOT GO!
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