Not just any robot, the Swumadroid, created by researchers the Tokyo University of Technology, “has perfected the back-stroke – except for the few occasions it goes a bit buggy and tries some freestyle swimming.” One practical use would be using the Swumadroid as robot lifeguards, “patrolling our shores and helping swimmers in distress.” Continue reading for a video and more information.

The robot can currently swim the backstroke and the front crawl, but he will need a new pair of legs before he can tackle the breast-stroke. However, with a pace of six metres per second, Swumanoid swims at just a third of the fast human world record. But, with the pace of technology being what it is, we still advise the International Olympics Committee to consider robo-checks in 2016.

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