Japan Robot to Attempt Hawaii Triathlon

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 grueling Ironman Triathlon course. 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.

Panasonic’s “Evolta” swim robot, powered by the company’s Evolta rechargeable batteries, is demonstrated at a pool during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan. The company said three types of Evolta robots, developed to swim, bike and run, will attempt to complete an ironman triathlon course in Hawaii on October 24, 2011. (Reuters)


A combination photo of Panasonic’s “Evolta” robots, swim (top), run (R) and bike robot (L), being demonstrated during a news conference in Tokyo September 15, 2011. The company said three types of Evolta robots, developed to swim, bike and run, will challenge to complete an Ironman triathlon course in Hawaii, a total of about 230 km, within one week or 168 hours from October 24, 2011, powered by three AA-size rechargeable Evolta batteries, the company said. (REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao)

Panasonic’s “Evolta” swim robot, powered by the company’s Evolta rechargable batteries, is demonstrated at a pool after a news conference in Tokyo September 15, 2011. The company said three types of Evolta robots, developed to swim, bike and run, will challenge to complete an ironman triathlon course in Hawaii, a total of about 230km, within one week or 168 hours from October 24, 2011, powered by three AA-size rechargeable Evolta batteries, the company said. (Reuters)


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