Robots are becoming a bigger part of our daily lives. It’s only natural that we’ll soon watch them fight in sports arenas and on TV. A robot team will beat the reigning football champion in 2050. This is at least FIRA’s goal, organizing annual robot soccer world championships. The sporting competition encourages inventors and researchers to innovate.
In this post, we will see top 10 greatest robots in sport.
Football – RoboCup
RoboCup is an international research initiative since 1997. The competition aims, according to its website, to “promote robotics and AI research” using one of the world’s most popular sports. But not all robot football matches. RoboCup has expanded to include rescue robots, home application robots
Basketball – CUE
CUE is a basketball-playing robot built by Toyota engineers as a side project. The robot is 190 cm taller than the average NBA player. However, CUE can shoot 100% accuracy free throws –a figure that tops the current 77% NBA average. The robot itself is pretty basic. It can not pick up balls alone or move alone. Squat, aim, and throw, though. CUE practiced shooting 200,000 times, according to Japanese news organization Asahi Shimbun, using AI to hone its skills.
Skiing/Ice Hockey – Jennifer
Winter Olympics are not for talented athletes. It turns out robots can also participate. At the Welli Hilli ski resort in early 2018, an hour away from the main action in Pyeongchang, robots took part in what is believed to be the world’s first robot skiing competition. South Korean government organized the event to promote its robotic advances. It saw eight teams competing for $10,000. There were some basic rules: robots had to be humanoid (i.e. standing on two legs with joints resembling elbows and knees), measuring at least 50 cm tall, and using regular poles and skis. Embedded camera sensors were used to help each humanoid navigate the slopes, avoiding the flagpoles lining the course.
Gymnastics – Atlas
One thing is a robot that can walk, but how about one that can backflips? In this video, you can see the latest Atlas humanoid robot from Boston Dynamics that can not only hop, jump and spin, but also complete backflip before sticking the landing like a gymnast. Atlas can perform jumps, mid-air 180-degree direction changes, and back-flips at different heights with the takeoff and landing platforms.
Table tennis – FORPHEUS
Guinness World Records recently certified an advanced robot developed by Japanese electronics company Omron as the world’s first robot table tennis tutor.
Boxing – Robot Combat League
Robot Combat League (RCL) is a Syfy network television show about robot competitions. Teams use
Sumo wrestling has been popular in Japan for centuries, and now robots enter the mix. There were numerous tournaments and competitions. Sumo robots are divided into size classes and further divided into remote-controlled, autonomous robots. These robots use sensors to find their opponent and try to stay within circle confines. They use every outflanking, pushing and scooping tactic. The robots are pretty small, but they’re super fast and ultra aggressive.
Camel Race – Robot Jockeys
Robot jockey is a robot used in camel racing to replace human jockeys. Developed since 2004, robotic jockeys are slowly phasing out the use of human jockeys in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar for camel racing. The first successful official race with robotic jockeys was in Qatar in 2005. The robots are remote controlled by operators driven alongside the SUV track.