HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
<<  <  Page 2/3  >  >>
William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Robot cheerleaders? Sort of pitiful, don't you think?
William K.   8/18/2014 12:14:03 PM
NO RATINGS
Elizabeth, Now you have come up with a really interesting idea: What about adding a few robot ball players? I can imagine a robotic catcher that gets all of the balls and never errors, and what about a robot pitcher with a 200MPH fastball? And possibly a robot designated hitter to hit those fast balls. With current machine vision it should be possible to have a batter that could hit any pitch. That would be something to see, no matter how the team played. 

Of course, it would indeed be a whole new ball game.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot cheerleaders? Sort of pitiful, don't you think?
Elizabeth M   8/18/2014 4:55:17 AM
NO RATINGS
I understand your sentiment, William K, and yes it's a bit gimmicky. And of course wasting time and resources on something that is not successful is not ideal. But I think also the idea was to try out some new technology and provide some entertainment for the fans. And how many other teams go through slumps for years and then suddenly become better? You never know...maybe the robots will help.

William K.
User Rank
Platinum
Robot cheerleaders? Sort of pitiful, don't you think?
William K.   8/16/2014 4:36:59 PM
NO RATINGS
If an allegedly professional sports team is not good enough, or entertaining enough, to attract an adequate number of folks in the stands, then it seems that the best choice would be to either get better or go away. Producing a product that nobody wants is mostly a waste of resources and one of those things that should be avoided. Normally the open market does that in a rather brutal way.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot fans
Elizabeth M   8/12/2014 10:05:23 AM
NO RATINGS
That's interesting, Chuck. Sounds hectic! I think that could be really fun or really annoying, depending on how your team is doing and your perspective that day at the ballpark! :)

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot fans
Charles Murray   8/11/2014 8:54:58 PM
NO RATINGS
Yes, when I saw a baseball game in Japan, foam bats were the rage. Fans would beat them together in unison, virtually non-stop. It's very different than the U.S. baseball experience.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Bad News Bears
Elizabeth M   8/11/2014 7:18:17 AM
NO RATINGS
That's interesting, fm, maybe they can use bots like this as extras in films. Not a bad idea.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot fans
Elizabeth M   8/11/2014 6:59:41 AM
NO RATINGS
That must have been quite an experience, Chuck, attending a game in Japan! It's interesting to hear how animated the fans are. It's interesting, too, how in Asian cultures robots seem much more generally accepted and interaction with them is perceived as more normal as it is here in the U.S.

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot fans
Charles Murray   8/7/2014 6:53:54 PM
NO RATINGS
What a great story. Having had the opportunity to attend one baseball game in Japan, I'm not surprised that this would happen in that part of the world (japan or Korea). Fans there are very animated (U.S. fans are quite passive by comparison) and it's easy to imagine them following the lead of the Fanbot.

fm
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Bad News Bears
fm   8/7/2014 10:49:07 AM
NO RATINGS
Yeah, the Final Season is about the Norway, Iowa town baseball team. Insteresting story, not a great movie. Some of it was actually filmed there, all the town shots were filmed in a different town nearby (more picturesque), they messed with the story (the usual "love interest" addition), ... but no bots!

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Robot fans
Elizabeth M   8/7/2014 8:13:51 AM
NO RATINGS
I think maybe this team was a bit desperate in looking for something to bolster its morale, attendance and performance, Cabe!

<<  <  Page 2/3  >  >>


Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
ABI Research, a firm based in the UK that specializes in analyzing global connectivity and other emerging technologies, estimates there will be 40.9 billion active wirelessly interconnected “things” by 2020. The driving force is the usual suspect: the Internet of Things.
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/31/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
2/25/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
12/11/2014 8:00 a.m. California / 11:00 a.m. New York
5/7/2015 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 20 - 24, Taking the Internet of Things to the Cloud
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Last Archived Class
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2015 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service