A robot will run, swim and cycle through one of the most grueling tests of fitness endurance — Hawaii's Ironman Triathlon. What kind of images does that conjure up in your mind? Perhaps Robocop in a Speedo, clanking down a tropical highway while downing a quart of Pennzoil? Well, don't get too excited. The robot is Evolta, he stands about two apples high, and kind of looks like Sonic the Hedgehog riding a tiny Segway.
In this video, Evolta, who was funded by Panasonic to prove how long their batteries last, peddles his wee legs to make it around the Le Mans racetrack at 0.6 miles per hour. So it's safe to say Evolta will not win the Ironman. But he'll finish! [Reuters]