July 1, 2010

Danish Cheerbot at World Cup


Someone at the Danish embassy in Tokyo decided to equip a robot to help support its team at the World Cup 2010. We guess robots aren't always the best cheerleaders as the Danes lost their match to Japan 3 - 1.

Via The Big Picture

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June 21, 2010

RoboCup 2010 Begins


RoboCup 2010 kicked off Sunday in Singapore for the thirteenth time. All told, there are 500 teams from 40 countries competing in various categories. Of course, we know that the main emphasis is on the soccer games and the Federation is hoping that eventually the roboteams can compete against humans.

Via RoboCup 2010

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June 17, 2010

CM Dragons Practice for RoboCup 2010

While humans compete in soccer matches at the World Cup in So. Africa, Carnegie Mellon is focusing on the CM Dragons, small autonomous bots that are controlled by physics based motion. The CMU team will be participating in the RoboCup 2010 that starts in Singapore June 19.


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June 16, 2010

Mung Encourages Sportmanship at World Cup

Mung is a product of a collaboration between students of KAIST and Yonsei University in South Korea. Its creators are hoping it will instill sportsmanship in World Cup 2010 participants. Originally meant to change color when it heard profanity, it eventually evolved into altering hues when a player fouls or is injured.

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April 26, 2010

Nedney Shows Up Robotic Kicker

Last weekend, San Francisco Niner kicker Joe Nedney was pitted against Ziggy, a 340 lb. titanium robot, to promote the Robogames. During practice, the kickbot managed to send the ball 60 yards, but that was on cement. When the time came to perform, Nedney managed to send the football 45 yards while Ziggy failed in both of his attempts. Domination of human over robot is still intact, at least on the football field.

Via Wired

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April 12, 2010

LG Hosts Robot Vacuum Soccer Tournaments


In an effort to promote their new robotic vacuums, LG has decided to hold a soccer tournament in Seoul, Korea. Thirty two teams will vie April 14 for 42" LED Canvas LG TVs. You can sign up to participate here. The rest of you will have to be content with merely sucking up dust bunnies.

Via Akihabara News

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March 11, 2010

Robot Football Players Big Hit at CeBIT


Rajesh, Penny, Sheldon and Leonard apparently thrilled the crowd at the CeBIT Fair in Hanover, Germany when they performed in a football exhibition match. The University of Bemen's Wiebke Sauerland says that they use color and lines to "see" the orange ball, pitch it towards green and head for the yellow and blue goals. The team is planning to compete in the 2010 World Cup for robots this June in Singapore at the same time the "real" tournament will take place in So. Africa. Want your own sportsbot? It will set you back $13,500 dollars.

Via Google News

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February 4, 2010

Candy-05 Tees Off

The Hajime Research Institute, with funding from NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization,) developed Candy-05, a 120cm tall robotic caddy on wheels. His cameras help him find a golf ball, determine the location of the hole and putt. Designed for Japanese golfers, maybe we should import one to bring back the fun of the game that seems to have suffered with Tiger's withdrawal from the sport.

Via Plastic Pals

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November 16, 2009

Strike With 900 Bowling Ball

When those around you are scoring bigtime and you keep throwing out those gutter balls, whip out your 900 Global Bowling Ball and show 'em who is the man. The remote controlled ball has an internal weight on a threaded shaft inside it and it was designed for kidlets and those with physical limitations. Pulling this one off will cost you $1,500.00.

Via Popular Mechanics

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October 16, 2009

Play Football with MaruBot Game


The MaruBot Robot Football game was designed for those who don't have the proper reflexes for foosball. Designed for 2 or 4 players, the bots are controlled by joystick. Available only in Korea for now, the robotic players react when a score is made. The company claims that it will encourage cooperation with its players and "minimize individualism, isolation and violence of online gaming." Then again, it might encourage bickering, illegal moves and robot rebellion.

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