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Feb 14, 2018 11:00 AM ET

Robot skiers hit the slopes in their own Winter Games. Robot skiers hit the slopes in their own Winter Games

iCrowdNewswire - Feb 14, 2018

For everyone worried now that robots have learned how to open doors and perform somersaults, take heart: if you’re good at skiing, they probably won’t catch you on mountain slopes.

Just a short drive away from PyeongChang, the site for the 2018 Winter Olympics, the Welli Hilli ski resort held the Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge, where Korean students and tech organizations competed for a $10,000 prize to see whose robot could navigate a simple alpine skiing challenge the fastest.


But when the humanoid-shaped robots started rolling down the slopes, most of them crashed into the flags or skidded right off the course. 

The tournament required that robots have two legs and stand over 50 cm tall, with joints at the elbows and knees and an independent power source, according to Reuters.

It turns out that skiing is pretty hard for robots shaped like us. The winning robot, Taekwon-V, sat the shortest of the bunch at only 75 cm (about 2’6”), and skillfully zoomed down the gentle slope in a cute blue jacket with matching skates. 

Mimicking human motion and sight

Sam Lee, head of Mini Robot Corp., the team that designed Taekwon-V, said that their kid-sized robot has 21 individualized motors that help it keep its balance and navigate around obstacles


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