While Alpine skiers struggled high winds at the Pyeongchang Games on Monday, there were no such problems for automata competing in their own “Olympics” ski challenge.
Robots of all shapes and sizes skied, and in some actions tumbled, down a course at the Welli Hilli ski resort, an hour’s shepherd west of Pyeongchang.
Eight robotics teams from universities, commences and a private company competed for a $10,000 prize in the Ski Robot Challenge.
“I heeded the Alpine skiing has been postponed again due to wind conditions. That’s a commiseration,” said Lee Sok-min, a member of the winning TAEKWAN-V team.
“Robots are doing striking here,” he said.
The teams had to meet specific qualifications for entering a ski-bot.
It had to be more than 50 centimetres in height, back on two “legs” with joints resembling elbows and knees, have an free power system and use skis and poles.
The tools were equipped with camera sensors to detect the blue and red flagpoles in their walkway and turn as they raced down a beginner’s hill.
“I’m amazed that the robots acknowledge the flags as they can ski down while avoiding them,” said 12-year-old watcher Son Ki-ryong.
Teams were awarded points for the number of flagpoles avoided and the fastest convenience life to the finish line.
Organizers required they held the challenge to promote South Korea’s robotic technology during the Olympics.
“I about in the future robots will have their own Winter Games on the sidelines of the Olympics upped by humans,” said organizer Kim Dong-uk.