Past the Olympics, robots sort out downhill ski problem

TaekwonV takes a follow run down the slopes.


Video screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

The wild windy climate on the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, could have pressured some alpine snowboarding races to be postponed, however there are some very totally different opponents out on the slopes that are not fazed by the coolness. 

The Welli Hilli Park ski resort in South Korea hosted the Fringe of Robotic: Ski Robotic Problem this week, not too removed from the place the people are doing their factor through the Winter Video games. 

Eight groups competed to make it via a collection of downhill gates with custom-built humanoid robots. A number of of the robots seem like headless, which is a bit disconcerting. 

Robo-skiing is just not an official Olympic occasion, however the organizers are piggybacking on the worldwide publicity for the video games as a chance to showcase South Korea’s robotic improvements. 

Reuters says the robots needed to stand on two legs, use skis and poles and be over 19.6 inches (50 centimeters) in peak. The bots used cameras and sensors to navigate the purple and blue flag gates. 

The TaekwonV robotic from the Minirobot Corp. staff received the race by efficiently navigating 5 gates in a mere 18 seconds. TaekwonV is called in honor of the 1976 South Korean animated movie “Robotic Taekwon V.” 

You’ll be able to try some earlier January check runs of the Minirobot entry, which exhibits the plucky bot crashing into gates and getting rotated. At the least the human Olympians haven’t got to fret about shedding their jobs to ski robots simply but.

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