Monday, June 12, 2006

RoboGames Have Clunky Contestants Vying For The Gold

SAN FRANCISCO, (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Humans aren’t the only ones competing in high-intensity Olympic games anymore – robots are athletes, too.

At least that’s what’s happening in San Francisco when the International Robot Competition starts on Wednesday (Jun. 14).

The event – appropriately dubbed the “RoboGames” – is in its third year and gives engineers, students and regular Joes from around the world a chance to pit their robots against each other in events like ‘humanoid soccer,’ ‘robot hockey,’ and “android weightlifting.”

Nearly 400 robots will be competing for gold, silver and bronze medals, but spokesman David Calkins, a Robotics Professor at San Francisco State University, admits that in an event like this C3PO from Star Wars “wouldn’t do too well,” considering his slow speed.

Still, he predicts that Rosie, the robot maid from The Jetsons would be “very good at the soccer event with her quickness and build.”

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