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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer


The robot prepares to sink a three-point shot.

Toyota Motor researchers have developed a six-foot, 10-inch-tall robot that can sink free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

Credit: Yuri Kageyama/Associated Press

Researchers at Toyota Motor have developed a six-foot, 10-inch-tall robot that can make free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

The Cue 3 robot computes the basket’s location as a three-dimensional image using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the correct angle and propulsion to go through the hoop.

Robots that can mimic human movements, even doing them better in some cases, could prove useful in various ways, including picking crops, making deliveries, and working in factories or warehouses.

Said Stanford University’s Oussama Khatib, "What Toyota is doing here is really bringing the top capabilities in perception with the top capabilities in control to have robots perform something that is really challenging."

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