We all knew this day would come, and we all knew this would happen in Japan: robot maker Vstone has announced what it says is the first full marathon [JP] for humanoids on February 24 in Osaka. The group of five mini robots will “run” (rather walk) around a 100m long course exactly 421 times plus another 95m to complete a marathon (42.195km).
Vstone will start the race next Friday at 10am in the morning Japanese time and expects it to end at 8pm on the 27th. The whole event will be streamed live on the Vstone Ustream channel.
This video shows the participating robots (you can see the Vstone Robovie is one of them) during a test run:
Via Robonable [JP]