Robotic Fish, Headless Ski-bots and a 29-language Translating Assistant made their debuts at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, making this past event anything but ordinary!
These Olympics marked one of the first times in history that robots have been put to work! But not just any Robot could make the cut. Jun-ho Oh, Director of the Institute for Robotics at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, (KAIST), has set strict rules for these Futuristic Olympic Participants. Referred to as “Oh’s Three Laws of Olympic Robotics”, each contender had to:
- Do something new
- Be useful
- Not make trouble
Featuring 8 companies, 85 robots, and over $1.5 million in sponsorship from the South Korean Government, some of these teams had been working on robotics projects for the Olympics since 2016.
Here, we count down our Top 5 robots and AI software that won Gold in people’s hearts:
#5 Robot Aquariums
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With the ability to swim 16m underwater and an uncanny ability to avoid aquarium walls, these groups of swimming robotic seabream and carp fish even come with radio-based antennas to help guide them back to their schools if they get lost.
#4 Robot Ski Competition
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With a $10,000 prize for the winner, these headless ski-bots showed off their skills as they maneuver their way down a 200m slope. With 8 racers braving the strong winds, TaekwonV robot proved that size really doesn’t matter as the smallest competitor in the race took home the big prize. See more pictures here
#3 Future Robot- Furo-D robot
Smart technology equipped with state of the art dance moves. With 30 Furo-D Robots roaming around the pavilion, spectators were both entertained and well informed! Robo-D brought crowds wherever she went, directing and translating guests’ questions. She also found moments to showcase songs and dance moves (and was even spotted interacting with a famous Boy Band), making her a well-rounded hit!
Non-Korean speakers, worry no more! Genie software can translate up to 29 languages, and can be downloaded on to your smart phone or tablet making communication a breeze. The apps participants doubled from 600,000 to 1.2 million over the span of the Olympics, showing how greatly communication is being innovated to be more inclusive among world-wide events!
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Hubo was the first robot torch bearer of the Olympics. Standing 47 inches tall and capable of walking 65 paces per minute, Hubo’s initial job was as a Rescue Mission robot. But as the Olympics saw, he had the honour of running 150m, pulling a stunt of cutting through a wall, and then passed on the torch to Professor Oh himself. See more about Hubo here!
Which Olympic Robot would you like to see in your homes & businesses?