Robots race around room in full marathon
Robots race around an indoor track in Osaka, Japan.
February 25th, 2011
07:23 AM ET

Robots race around room in full marathon

Five robots are racing around a room in Osaka, Japan, in what organizers call the world's first robot marathon.

The robots, entered by companies and universities, will complete a 26.2-mile marathon course by making 423 circuits of a track in a room in Osaka, CNET reports.

Robots that fall over will have to get back up on their own, but human pit crews can recharge batteries, according to CNET. Toughness rather than speed will determine a winner among the foot-tall robots, the report says.

The event, dubbed Robomarafull, is organized by robot maker Vstone and local government officials.

Do you want to watch? The event is being streamed live on Ustream.

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  1. Ted

    D'oh!

    February 25, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. raven

    they call that a race? at that rate the first one will cross the finish at the turn of the millenia. good times.

    February 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. raven

    Lol ,just Noticed Lukes comment ...cracked me up !!

    February 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cesar

    @raven hi. You've thrown in a few good ones yourself.

    February 25, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. raven

    Hi Cesar! So have you !Hows it goin ?

    February 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. leeintulsa

    I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.

    February 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. raven

    Is Ken Jennings here ?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. raven

    lol@leeintulsa, or is that your REAL name ?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Cesar

    @raven, are you talking to me, I'm the only one here. Love that famous old line. You made me remember. It's going good. Weekend usually a good thing.

    February 26, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Cesar

    @lena, ewwwwww, gross. Get some Lysol, quick.

    February 26, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Little Ceaser

    That would be cool if they had a robot that just made little ceaser pizzas all day, what would be cooler is if the pizzas were FREE ....

    February 26, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Cesar

    pizza pizza

    February 26, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. kim

    Reminds me of the episode on southpark when cartman pretended to be a robot and mailed hisself to butter just to ridiculas for belief! Hahaha

    February 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. nick

    Weird people

    February 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Cesar

    True

    February 27, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse | Reply
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