OK, it may not be a qualifying time to get to the Ironman World Championships, but the little Panasonic robot called Evolta finished the grueling Hawaiian Ironman course in 166 hours and 56 minutes or just under seven days.
With the considerable help of engineers and volunteers the little robot, powered by three EVOLTA AA rechargeable batteries, crossed the finish line at 10:56am on October 30, 2011.
“We are happy to have made it to the finish line. I want to thank everyone, every member of the crew and the people of Hawaii. These days, robots are evolving rapidly due to the technological evolution of batteries and various other devices. I believe Panasonic EVOLTA batteries and this challenge have turned a new page in history for the robot industry," said Mr. Tomotaka Takahashi, the founder of ROBO-GARAGE and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo.