Sporting robots in athletic demonstration on Plymouth Hoe
SPRINT king Usain Volt and marathon specialist, the Mobot will be demonstrating their athletic prowess at an exhibition on the Hoe.
The two robots are part of research by Plymouth University which led to them competing in the Robo World Cup.
Usain and Mobot are part of the cutting edge Robot Football team at the university and will be taking to the track tomorrow for the Science and Technology showcase on the Hoe.
The event, which is open exclusively to schools in the morning and free to members of the public from 3.30pm until 6pm, also features scores of interactive stands devoted to marine science and engineering, biology and chemistry computing and video games and psychology.
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It is forming part of the university's 150th anniversary celebrations.
Last month the Mobot won the Federation of International Robot-soccer Association's Robo World Cup marathon. Usain Volt narrowly missed out on first place as it came in second in the sprint.
The robots are 30cm two-footed robots that independently navigate their way around twisting courses.
One of the secrets to their success is their fashion sense; according to Plymouth University they're the only robo-athletes in the world who wear trainers .
Researcher, Peter Gibbons, said: "Their trainers give the robots greater stability and improve their balance. Importantly it also makes them look cool.
"They're hugely popular with the public and they've become international media stars thanks to the exploits in Bristol."
The robots will be showcasing their skills alongside a host of others from the department which is now recognised as a centre of excellence and works on a range of international research projects –from designing robots that can help elderly people in the home to new neural networks designed to replicate the workings of the human brain.
Professor Simon Handley, Dean of Faculty Science and Technology, said: "We are going to showcase a wide range of science and technology research, stretching from the depths of the oceans to the boundless possibilities of the virtual environment."