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12 Robots That Play Sports

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Daniyal_Ali
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Old Jennifer
Daniyal_Ali   10/20/2014 7:32:29 AM
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Great slideshow Ann. Most of the robots are involved in soccer, so the Jennifer Robot was a very great innovation in 2012. I loved it then and i still have the same feelings for it. It's been two years now and we should have seen a 2.0 version of the robot by now. I think there are still a lot of things to improve on.
That being said, after two years the robot is still a great example of good engineering

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Ann R. Thryft   10/20/2014 12:12:26 PM
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Daniyal_Ali, I looked for more info on updates of the Jennifer robot on the U of Manitoba Autonomous Agents Laboratory website, and all I found was this, a few months after her introduction: "Our work on Jennifer since this debut has included better control and balancing, and work on using both ice skates and inline skates." But some press articles indicate she --along with a companion robot, Jimmy --now plays several other sports aside from ice hockey.

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how random are they
naperlou   10/20/2014 12:27:02 PM
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Ann, what we like about sports is the randomness factor.  Say one is watching football (American).  Once one team has the game out of reach of the other, the game becomes uninteresting.  I was watching the Denver San Francisco game last night.  In the fourth quarter both teams put in their backup QBs.  I think most people just turned it off (I switched to an interesting program on PBS). 

So, my question is, are the robot contests predictable?

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Greg M. Jung   10/20/2014 2:15:52 PM
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These sports events remind me of NASCAR and Formula 1 racing where large companies will sponsor a team and then take the technology break-throughs and apply them to industry applications.  I can see where the technology advancements developed at these events will eventually be incorporated into industry and military robots.

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mrdon   10/20/2014 6:51:11 PM
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Ann

Great slide show. It's amazing to see the various design solutions to answer the question, "Can robots play sports"? The engineering that went into these agile machines is quite impressive. I didn't know Murata had a robot cheerleader (boy and girl) to participate in the Robocup sporting events. What great inspiration and motivation to begin the research and projects development for my robotics book I'll be writing for O'Reilly Media. As always, great material Ann.

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mrdon   10/20/2014 6:53:34 PM
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Daniyal_Ali

I agree. The engineering for these agile machines is magnificient. A 2.0 Jennifer robot is definitely of interest to see what today's technologies are being used to improve it.

mrdon
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Re: how random are they
mrdon   10/20/2014 6:56:55 PM
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naperlou

Very interesting observation and question. How does the crowd respond when a robot team has a significant point spread? Does the crowd leave in disgust because of the lost by their robot team or do they continue to cheer them on?

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