Feeds

Diminutive robot to attempt Iron Man Triathalon

Plastic Man Triathlon in this case

SANS - Survey on application security programs

A 20-inch robot powered by just three rechargeable batteries will take on the gruelling Iron Man triathlon course. Because it can.

The robot – consisting of a small green and white body and a modest battery-pack will have to swim, run and bike for 230km (143miles).

Mr Evolta comes with three interchangeable body parts, which allow it to complete the different stages of the Iron Man course. Its parts include a miniature bicycle, which it cycles in a hoop, and arm blades which it uses to paddle during the swim section.

"This is very tough even for a sportsman, but I think it is worth a challenge," said Tomotaka Takahashi, who created the robo for Panasonic.

"The robot will encounter a lot of hardships on its way, but I hope it will overcome them all and succeed in the end."

Takahashi explained that the hardest part of designing the robo was the waterproofing.

The Evolta robot is really just a front for the battery, a Panasonic invention that it has wangled into The Guinness Book of World Records for "Longest Lasting AA Alkaline Battery in a wide range of devices". A thinner can allows for more active components in the battery according to the Panasonic site, and and different components make for longer-lasting reactions.

Of course there's not much practical benefit to a robot capable of completing triathlons. Same way as it's not a very practical skill for humans. Get in a car why don't you?

Still for those interested, the triathlon challenge begins on 24 October and will continue non-stop for seven days and nights. The actual Ironman World Championship takes place in early October. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey
Science no match for religion, politics, business interests
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane
Our Vulture 2 livery is wrapped, and it's les noix du mutt
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Dragon capsule arrives at space station for Easter Sunday delivery
SpaceX reports Falcon booster made controlled touchdown in ocean
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.