Winter Olympics: Robots Take To The Slopes On Sidelines

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Whereas Alpine skiers fought excessive winds on the Pyeongchang Video games on Monday, there have been no such issues for robots competing in their very own “Olympics” ski problem.

Robots of all sizes and styles skied, and in some circumstances tumbled, down a course on the Welli Hilli ski resort, an hour’s drive west of Pyeongchang.

Eight robotics groups from universities, institutes and a non-public firm competed for a $10,000 (roughly Rs. 6.42 lakhs) prize within the Ski Robotic Problem.

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“I heard the Alpine snowboarding has been postponed once more on account of wind circumstances. That is a pity,” stated Lee Sok-min, a member of the successful TAEKWAN-V workforce.

“Robots are doing fantastic right here,” he stated.

The groups needed to meet particular necessities for getting into a ski-bot.

It needed to be greater than 50cm in top, stand on two “legs” with joints resembling elbows and knees, have an impartial energy system and use skis and poles.

The robots had been geared up with digicam sensors to detect the blue and pink flagpoles of their path and switch as they raced down a newbie’s hill.

“I am amazed that the robots recognise the flags as they’ll ski down whereas avoiding them,” stated 12-year-old spectator Son Ki-ryong.

Groups had been awarded factors for the variety of flagpoles prevented and the quickest time to the end line.

Organisers stated they held the problem to advertise South Korea’s robotic expertise throughout the Olympics.

“I feel sooner or later robots can have their very own Winter Video games on the sidelines of the Olympics held by people,” stated organiser Kim Dong-uk.

© Thomson Reuters 2018

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