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Tokyo Olympics: ROBOT basketball player wows viewers during USA-France game

ROBOT basketball player throws excellent three-pointers – together with a half-court shot – during unbelievable show at Tokyo Olympics

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

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Team USA have been crushed by France on the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday – however, as this video proves, their loss to the underdogs was removed from the one speaking level. 

France’s thunder was partly stolen by a hoop-shooting robotic who wowed viewers during the halftime present with its expertise.

The 6ft 10ins machine – designed by Toyota and known as Cue – sank a basket from the free-throw line, hit a three-pointer and even managed to sink one from half-court.

Cue – a basketball-playing robotic – wowed crowds at halftime during USA v France on Sunday by capturing baskets utilizing inbuilt sensors

The robotic first hit the goal from the free throw line earlier than wheeling itself again to three-pointer distance utilizing motors in its footwear, earlier than once more hitting the goal (pictured)

The robotic was designed by Toyota and has been round since a minimum of 2018, although beforehand needed to stand on a platform that had been eliminated by Sunday’s game

Predictably, the Team USA jokes adopted.

‘The basketball robotic wants a roster spot on group USA with how we’re taking part in, Daniel Harrod wrote.

‘Team USA basketball may use this robotic on the roster proper now,’ Chris Graham added.

While the Tokyo Olympics offered the largest stage for Cue to point out off its expertise, it’s removed from the primary time Toyota has proven off its mechanical athlete.

One of its first appearances got here in 2018 when it was 7ins shorter than it’s now and competed with Arvalq Tokyo – a group in Japan’s prime basketball league – at making free-throws.

It then reappeared the next year to set a Guinness World Record by throwing 2,020 consecutive free-throws with none misses – a nod to the 2020 Games.

The model of Cue which appeared at halftime on Sunday is much-improved over early variations, which have been hooked up to platforms and different rigs which supported the robotic and contained a part of its mechanics.

On Sunday, the model of Cue that Toyota wheeled out was free-standing and in a position to transfer itself across the court docket utilizing wheels mounted in its footwear – a feat it confirmed off by shifting across the court docket for every of its pictures.

Cue even managed to sink a shot from half court docket, utilizing sensors in its chest and 3D mapping expertise to find the basket and make the throw

Algorithms constructed into Cue and skilled utilizing lots of of 1000’s of observe pictures calculate the precise proper angle and quantity of pressure wanted to make the shot

Cue waves to crowds after making all three of its pictures during half time of Sunday’s game between Team USA and France

The robotic pulls off its feat by utilizing a spread of sensors, 3D mapping expertise and algorithms to determine the place the basket is positioned and line up its shot.

It then adjusts motors in its legs and arms to create the proper angle and apply simply the correct quantity of pressure to make the shot.

While the hoop-shooting robotic has proved a crowd-pleaser, its designers say it has helped them perceive the best way to build robots that may precisely mimic human motion which has a number of sensible makes use of.

Such robots may finally find yourself doing onerous labour jobs that are arduous for individuals to do – comparable to selecting crops, making deliveries, and dealing in factories. 

Designers say Cue’s identify is nod to those sensible implications – reflecting the thought the expertise can function a cue, or sign of nice issues to return. 

It is way from the one robotic that Toyota has been engaged on, having beforehand confirmed off one that may play the violin. 

Toyota’s rival Honda has Asimo, a fruits of analysis into making a strolling robotic that began within the Nineteen Eighties. 

It not solely can run, but additionally recognise faces, keep away from obstacles, shake palms, pour a drink and carry a tray.

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