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It's Cute, It's Little, and It Climbed the Grand Canyon!

In an unparalleled ad campaign, Panasonic's parent company-Matsushita Electric Industrial-put its grouncbreaking Evolta batteries to the test by powering a five-ounce robot in an effort to climb the Grand Canyon.

An effort that paid off. After numerous attempts-primarily due to harsh weather conditions including cold, hail, and hard rain-the little robot, nicknamed Evolta (of course), succeeded. Though it wasn't waterproof, Evolta scaled a 530-meter cliff in six-hours, forty-seven minutes. Not bad for something powered by two tiny Panasonic Evolta batteries. Considering that the robot is about the size of someone's palm, that's quite the feat!

 

Evolta, triumphant after scaling the Grand CanyonEvolta, triumphant after scaling the Grand Canyon

And Evolta's a kind'a cute little guy. I mean, check out the tiny blue helmet... You can't NOT root for its success...

Evolta, its father, and its fathers friendsEvolta, its father, and its fathers friends

The stunt was devised to show that these batteries outlast other brands. Apparently they actually hold the Guinness World Record for the longest lasting power cell-and they have a ten-year shelf life! You can read more about the batteries here on our site .

 

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You know... even WITH such good batteries, I still don't think I could make that climb... Maybe if I work out more... Nah... I'll leave stuff like this to the robots.

Source: Reuters

Comments
Dec 2, 2008
by Anonymous

Robocop 0.5

The picture of Evolta's dad and his friends looks like something from Paul Verhoeven's unreleased short that was used to sell the Robocop idea.

Dec 5, 2008
by John P. Barker
John P. Barker's picture

LOL

I didn't think of that... just picture a tiny little ED-209...