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Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup


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Nimbro the soccer playing robot, and friends.

A two-legged robot developed at the University of Bonn in Germany won the soccer World Cup for adult-size robots this summer.

Credit: Technology Review

NimbRo, a two-legged robot developed at the University of Bonn in Germany, won the soccer World Cup for adult-size robots this summer in Montreal, Canada.

NimbRo is 135 centimeters tall and weighs almost 40 pounds. The robot's exoskeleton is made up of a few simple parts, which are three-dimensionally (3D) printed from nylon.

The robot is equipped with a vision system that performs object detection, robot localization, task planning, and actuator control. These functions give the robot a number of soccer skills, such as being able to locate and approach the ball, avoid obstacles, and kick and dribble.

In five games during the competition, NimbRo scored 46 goals while allowing only one; the robot also accumulated 21 points in the technical challenges, giving it a clear victory.

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