Tomotaka Takahashi has done it again with Evolta, a robot named after the brand of Panasonic batteries it was designed to promote. In the last few years Takahashi-san has gained notoriety in Japan due to his unique and colorful robots, which have popped up in various media. This rise in recognition no doubt led Panasonic to the idea of a robotic next generation energizer bunny.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Panasonic’s Evolta batteries are the longest-lasting of their kind. To prove it, the Evolta (a portmanteau of evolution & voltage) robot was designed specifically to climb a tiny rope – and what better challenge than to climb from the base of the Grand Canyon all the way to the top? That’s no small feat for a robot only 17cm tall (6.7 inches) powered by two AA batteries!