Tech & Science Robots compete in their own Olympics ski tournament, capture our hearts

14:47  13 february  2018
14:47  13 february  2018 Source:   The Verge

Elise Christie in race to be fit for 1000m heats after suffering ankle injury

  Elise Christie in race to be fit for 1000m heats after suffering ankle injury After crashing out of the 500m and 1500m races at the Winter Olympics, Elsie Christie is hoping to be fit enough to compete in the 1000m after x-rays revealed that she had not suffered any broken bones. The 27-year-old, who was injured after crashing out of her 1500m semi-final, specialises in the 1000m and will be desperate to compete. Speaking to the BBC, Christie’s boyfriend Liu Shaolin, confirmed that x-rays on his partner’s injured ankle came back clear and when asked if she’ll be able to compete in the 1000m events, he simply replied “hopefully”. Christie also recorded a short message to post on social media to confirm that her x-rays were clear and that her and her team “would do their best to get [her ankle] fixed” in time to compete in her favourite event.

In a tournament aptly called “Edge of Robot : Ski Robot Challenge,” eight robotics teams from research universities, institutes, and a private company The 2018 Winter Olympics : all the tech and updates from the world’s biggest games in Pyeongchang. Robots compete in their own Olympics

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This year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang is working overtime to showcase Korean robotics technology, featuring robots to clean, guide visitors, drill through a wall to pass on the Olympic torch, and now, compete in ski tournaments.

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In a tournament aptly called “Edge of Robot: Ski Robot Challenge,” eight robotics teams from research universities, institutes, and a private company competed for a $10,000 prize to see which robot could ski down the slopes and race to the finish line the fastest while avoiding obstacles.

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The tournament took place at an 80-meter alpine skiing course at Welli Hilli Ski Resort, an hour away from the games in Pyeongchang. With record-low temperatures affecting robot functionality, many of the robots tumbled down through much of the course. Normally, this would have been devastating to watch with real athletes who have trained years for their big moments, but with robots donning child-sized outfits and skis, it was hilarious and endearing.

Elise Christie set to overcome injury and compete in the 1000m heats

  Elise Christie set to overcome injury and compete in the 1000m heats Great Britain’s Elise Christie looks set to make a remarkable recovery from injury to participate in the 1000m heats as she looks to secure a Winter Olympics medal. Christie suffered a nasty looking injury on the weekend as she crashed out of the Short Track Speed Skating Ladies’ 1500m semi-finals. After being stretchered away, it was revealed that she had suffered soft tissue damage to her ankle. However, she made it through a light training session today, which is giving her hope of performing well in the 1000m. Christie will undertake more serious testing tomorrow morning ahead of the 1000m heats and if she does qualify, then she has two full days to recover properly. Team GB Chef de Mission Mike Hay said: “I’m cautiously optimistic and the reason for saying that is she was on the ice today. That was purely to see if she could put the boot on and skate around a little bit. She will go through a training session tomorrow. If she comes through that – and it’s still a big if – then she will compete tomorrow evening. Certainly the indications that we‘ve got for now, she is very keen to skate. We just need to make sure that medically everything is ok.” The 27-year-old specialises in the 1000m and will feel confident of winning a medal in her favourite event if she is fit enough to compete.

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To qualify, robots had to fit the requirements of a humanoid robot, such as being able to stand on two legs and having joints resembling elbows and knees. They also had to be a minimum of 50 centimeters tall, which is probably why the little fella that won was so short. KAIST’s Taekwon V, named after a Gundam-like robot from the eponymous Korean children’s cartoon, was the smallest of all the robots at just 75 centimeters tall.

Here’s a video from its makers, MiniRobot Corp, that shows what the robot is seeing and how its camera sensors are set to specifically avoid the blue-and-red flagpoles:

The Facebook page for the event includes stats for each of the robots, like the fact that one of the robots, named Diana, was completed with the help of crowdfunding. Look through the contestants and choose your fighter, including stout boys like Taekwon V and big boys like Rudolph (both written in Korean):

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