Today in Robot Apocalypse we go to China, where we have uncovered another one of those Guinness Book of World Records that you didn’t know existed, but now that you do, you need to know the stats.
It looks like a walking walker.
That is because a four legged robot beat the record for “furthest distance covered by a quadruped robot” by walking 83 miles. As Iron Maiden says, run to the hills, run for your life.
The Olympics in 2020.
Over 54 hours the robot named “Xingzhe No 1” which I believe is Chinese for Johnny 5, circled an indoor track before powering down and needing to recharge. This little bot is sort of like the Forrest Gump of robots, “I just kept running.”
Xingzhe No 1, the robot not the delicious combo meal from Panda Express, was built by a team at the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. The running robot beat the previous record held by an American robot by walking twice the distance. No word on if the American robot had to use one of those Walmart scooters to finish his laps.
First we had driverless cars, now we have runnerless runners.
The Chinese robotics team hopes that by studying how to make robots walk greater distances they will be able apply this technology to a variety of purposes, like search and rescue bots to walk over dangerous terrain or for crushing human skulls more efficiently during Judgement Day.
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