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Watch Robots Participate in S. Korea’s Winter Olympics Torch Relay

26 December 2017

The last leg of the Olympic torch relay in Daejeon has been completed in preparation for the PyeongChang Hubo drills through a wall to deliver the torch to the next relay runner. Source: KAISTHubo drills through a wall to deliver the torch to the next relay runner. Source: KAISTWinter Olympics 2018 in South Korea. Hubo, a humanoid robot engineered at the South Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), performed its task as a torch relay runner.

Hubo arrived at the KAIST campus, the site of its creation, along with University of California-Los Angeles professor Dr. Dennis Hong in an autonomous vehicle. After Hubo received the flame from Dr. Hong, the robot drilled through a wall to hand it over to the next relay runner — its inventor, KAIST Professor Jun Ho Oh.

The torch was then taken up by someone controlling and riding FX-2, another robot developed by Professor Oh for the event. FX-2 took a few steps to complete the relay, after which the torch traveled on to Boryeong, Chungcheongnam-do.

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