Latest Global News

Korea's humanoid robot 'HUBO' joins PyeongChang Olympic torch relay

 
It's the coldest week Korea so far this winter, but that's not stopping the runners on the Olympic torch relay.
Less than 2 months to the start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
 
The flame was handed to one runner who's completely impervious to the cold -- a robot... at Korea's science and technology university.
 
Lee Ji-won files this report from Daejeon.  
 
From Jeju's haenyeo, or women divers, to Korea's legendary warship, the Turtle Ship,... the Olympic torch has been carried around the country by some unique means.
 
And in Daejeon, robots joined the relay.
 
  On the 41st day of the Olympic Torch Relay, the humanoid robot HUBO and a team of robotics scientists kicked off the third theme of the torch relay, Information Technology, at the country's technology research hub, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in the western city of Daejeon on Monday.
 
HUBO won the DARPA Robotics Challenge in 2015, and during Monday's relay, it re-enacted one of its award winning moves.
 
Demonstrating its ability to use tools,... the robot broke through a wall and handed over the Olympic flame to its developer Professor Oh Jun-ho.
 
The professor said Monday's relay was a chance to show the unlimited possibilities of robots.   
 
robots in pyeongchang olympics relay
 
(Korean)
    "Through the robots' participation in the Olympic Torch relay, we were able to show the world how far Korea's robotics industry has developed, and show people the different ways that robots could be used in the near future."
 
  The KAIST section of the torch relay also included Professor Oh's next generation riding robot, FX-2,... and Professor Dennis Hong, one of the top young robotics scientists shaking up the industry in the U.S.
 
  After its quick tour of KAIST, the Olympic torch was then carried around Daejeon before arriving at the Expo Park, where a closing ceremony for the Olympic torch in Daejeon was held.
 
 
Monday marked the third and final day at Daejeon,... where some 530 torch bearers participated in the relay, including Park Chan-ho, Korea's first Major League Baseball player.

Add comment

Emails are optional and for tracking replies. Names are unique; get yours today with a comment!


Security code
Refresh

La Global

50 days to go until World Cup 2018 Russia
50 days to go until World Cup 2018 Russia

  Another major international sporting event on this year's calender is the 2018 [ ... ]

Read more la
South & North Korea meet to eat
South & North Korea meet to eat

  The food that will be served during dinner following Friday's landmark int [ ... ]

Read more la
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with new son
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with new son

  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their new son.   [ ... ]

Read more la
At least 9 dead, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in north Toronto
At least 9 dead, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in north Toronto

  Now for a look at stories making headlines around the world and we start in Ca [ ... ]

Read more la
NATO to test cyber defense in world's largest cyber defense drill
NATO to test cyber defense in world's largest cyber defense drill

  Cyber experts from NATO will put their skills to the test in the world's l [ ... ]

Read more la
Police investigate Starbucks after hidden camera found in toilet
Police investigate Starbucks after hidden camera found in toilet

  After accusations of racial profiling, Starbucks is in more hot water as it is n [ ... ]

Read more la
China to begin mass production of memory chips in 2019
China to begin mass production of memory chips in 2019

  China is speeding up its plans to boost its semiconductor industry… as it ai [ ... ]

Read more la
Arsène Wenger to leave Arsenal after 22 years
Arsène Wenger to leave Arsenal after 22 years

  Arsène Wenger will depart Arsenal Football Club at the end of the 2017/18 s [ ... ]

Read more la
North Korea to halt nuclear and ICBM tests, shut down nuclear test sites
North Korea to halt nuclear and ICBM tests, shut down nuclear test sites

  We start with very much unexpected,... but big news today. North Korea says it  [ ... ]

Read more la
Feel Good Friday Videos - 20 Apr 2018
Feel Good Friday Videos - 20 Apr 2018

  From the birth of a western lowland gorilla at a US zoo, to the April heatwave [ ... ]

Read more la
Engine on Southwest Airlines plane showed signs of metal weakness: NTSB chief
Engine on Southwest Airlines plane showed signs of metal weakness: NTSB chief

  U.S. investigators looking into the Southwest Airlines accident that left on [ ... ]

Read more la
Plane engine explodes mid-air: One person killed
Plane engine explodes mid-air: One person killed

  One person was killed and seven others sustained minor injuries on a Southwest A [ ... ]

Read more la
A new app that helps Muslims pray
A new app that helps Muslims pray

  Muslims can now find places to pray at just a tap, thanks to an app by a L [ ... ]

Read more la
Mother loves kissing newborn baby gorilla
Mother loves kissing newborn baby gorilla

  Smithsonian National Zoo celebrates birth of Western Lowland gorilla, Moke.  [ ... ]

Read more la
Starbucks apologizes for arrests of black men in Philadelphia store
Starbucks apologizes for arrests of black men in Philadelphia store

  Starbucks says a manager at one of its stores in Philadelphia has left the compa [ ... ]

Read more la
5 big things that happened this week in history
5 big things that happened this week in history

  From the accidental discovery of LSD to Enoch Powell's controversial 'Rive [ ... ]

Read more la

verychio.com-drag-and-drop-editor

La Latest

50 days to go until World Cup 2018 Russia

  Another major international sporting event on this year's calender is the 2018 [ ... ]

Read more la
South & North Korea meet to eat

  The food that will be served during dinner following Friday's landmark int [ ... ]

Read more la
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with new son

  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their new son.   [ ... ]

Read more la
At least 9 dead, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in north Toronto

  Now for a look at stories making headlines around the world and we start in Ca [ ... ]

Read more la
Chna's economy grows 6.8% on strong consumer spending

  Despite concerns of a trade war between Washington and Beijing,... China's G [ ... ]

Read more la
AI-powered system serves as research assistant for lawyers

  Artificial intelligence has the ability to analyze massive amounts of data i [ ... ]

Read more la
NATO to test cyber defense in world's largest cyber defense drill

  Cyber experts from NATO will put their skills to the test in the world's l [ ... ]

Read more la
Police investigate Starbucks after hidden camera found in toilet

  After accusations of racial profiling, Starbucks is in more hot water as it is n [ ... ]

Read more la

La Entertain

Will Ferrell hospitalised after car crash

  US actor, Will Ferrell has been treated in hospital after a car crash in Cal [ ... ]

Read more la
Fan Bingbing Making Cleavage Great Again in Taiwan

Fan Bingbing was recently on tour in Taiwan. She looks to be on a business trip for a jewellery prod [ ... ]

Read more la
Leon Lai makes baby daughter with assistant Wing Chan; girlfriend not married not pretty enough?

On 19 Mar 2018, Leon Lai (51) announces that he has successfully produced a baby with his assistant- [ ... ]

Read more la
Choi Jiwoo from Winter Sonata married; wedding in Seoul

  Now to some celebrity news that caught everyone off guard.   Korean actress [ ... ]

Read more la
Daisy Ridley, James Corden among stars at Peter Rabbit premiere

  The stars of the new Peter Rabbit movie attended the film's premiere in central  [ ... ]

Read more la
Best Actress trophy stolen at the Oscars!

  Frances McDormand had her Oscar trophy stolen shortly after winning it at the  [ ... ]

Read more la
G-Dragon of BIGBANG begins his mandatory military service

And this one is for the K-pop fans out there..   G-Dragon of boy band BIGBANG begins his  [ ... ]

Read more la
Pixie Lott: Ariana Grande 'like an angel'

  Pixie Lott says she "can't imagine" what singer Ariana Grande has been throu [ ... ]

Read more la