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Monday, 21st February 2011
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Robots in training for marathon

Four robots are currently training to complete a special marathon at the end of the month.

The devices have been built by scientists at the Osaka Institute of Technology and a venture company called Vstone, according to Japanese media TBS.

Starting on February 24th, the robots will run around a 100 metre course a total of 422 times in order to complete the Robo Mara Full race.

It is expected that they will take around four days to finish and they will be allowed to stop for battery changes and any necessary repairs. However, if they fall over they are not allowed to be assisted by humans and must stand up again on their own.

Three of the robots have two legs, while one uses wheels to get around. The tallest machine measures 40cm high.

Founded in 1922, the Osaka Institute of Technology and has three main departments focusing on engineering, information science & technology and intellectual property.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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