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Robo blade runners stage their own Winter Olympics

Robot course:
An android
makes its way
down the slopes

WHILE athletes struggled in high winds at the Winter Olympics, there were no such problems for robots competing in their own Games.

Eight automated competitors skied — and tumbled — down a course at the Welli Hilli ski resort, west of Pyeongchang.

Lee Sok-min, of the Tawkwan-V team that took the £7,200 prize, said: ‘I heard the Alpine skiing has been postponed again due to wind conditions. That’s a pity, robots are doing fine here.’ Competitors had to be more than 20in tall, stand on two ‘legs’ with joints resembling elbows and knees, have an independent power system and use skis and poles. They were equipped with sensors to detect flagpoles and turn as they raced downhill.

On your marks: A team gets ready to send a robot skier on its way PICTURES: REUTERS

Organiser Kim Dong-uk, who held the challenge to promote South Korean robotics, said: ‘I think in the future robots will have their own Winter Games.’