Robot Seal Plays Basketball

This robotic seal, developed at Taiwan's National Chiao-Tung University, shoots hoops like a pro.

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+32 1. kaloudji commented 10 years ago

$15000 for a useless robot,
$3,99 for the microphone.
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+8 2. phi281 commented 10 years ago

Am I missing something, but how is that a seal?!?! :S Seals don't have claws coming out of their mouths!!! Would've made more sense to make it an elephant or something!!
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-3 3. Viveroth commented 10 years ago

I was wondering: Why seal, but after a while I couldnt figure out better animal :)
Giraffe maybe?
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-3 4. irishgek commented 10 years ago

And again heres the reason they cant put out a fire in a nuke station in asia ...all these brains and look what they do with them!
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+6 5. krillemaster commented 10 years ago

that's one scary seal O_O
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+1 6. Nifen commented 10 years ago

#5 I was thinking the same thing! Thats one creapy Seal! Makes me think of Alians
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+1 7. tim420 commented 10 years ago

Who really wants to see a robot seal, with a claw hanging out its mouth that shoots hoops???
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+5 8. hafa commented 10 years ago

if they perfected the equation already, why not demo a full basketball court length throw ? and why stop here, lets do football field throw, airport field throw? across pacific ocean throw ?
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+4 9. hedosean commented 10 years ago

not to guy that actually set this up....Thank you for not using a real seal to rap around the robot.
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+13 10. smacker commented 10 years ago

#1 Why do you think it's a useless robot.
I visited the research institute it's made in (ITRI) in Taiwan in 2010 . They have a great facility there and it's a promising technology in engineering aspect.
U focused on the wrong place, not the technology but the fake skin.
The point is to locate the mobile target and calculate all the parameters depending on this moving end. And again, it's not useless, at least in terms of control theory.
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0 11. kaneg commented 10 years ago

future Kobe :x
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+3 12. RandurSource commented 10 years ago

#10 It's indeed the technology that needs a way of being displayed to the public; choice of wrapping the robot in sealskin is totally wrong, but the public does not like watching a yellow robot arm.

maybe it will be used for good: to clean streets from garbage, by throwing stuff in bins :D

but eventually will be used for bad: great military technology to throw granades or something :'(
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+1 13. Baboon commented 10 years ago

freaky seal ...
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0 14. smacker commented 10 years ago

#12 Yep, you're totally right.

Used for good or bad? It depends which country made it. If it was US, it would most probably be a military robot to kill innocent people. >:) But if it's Japan or Taiwan as in this case, I don't believe it will be used as a killing machine throwing grenades O:)
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+1 15. lalafafak commented 10 years ago

#2 obviously it's an alien seal
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0 16. mescaline commented 10 years ago

Scientists can be freaky...
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+2 17. sux2bu commented 10 years ago

#14 That's funny coming from you. Do you remember what Japan did to the "innocent" Chinese and Korean civilians not so long ago?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contest_to_kill_100_people_using_a_sword

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comfort_women
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0 18. JohnMichael commented 10 years ago

Physics (hitting the basket) really isn't that hard if you use something, like say.. A computer?
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0 19. smacker commented 10 years ago

#17 I know Japan killed thousands of people in Asia. What I meant was the Japan after WW2. Totally neutralized. New generation grows in a pop culture here.