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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Throws a Mean Three-pointer

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Throws a Mean Three-pointer

Monday, 01 April 2019 01:39 AM

TOKYO (AP) — It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a three-pointer.

The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers say is worse than usual.

Toyota Motor Corp.'s robot, called Cue 3, computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.

Efforts in developing human-shaped robots underline a global shift in robotics use from pre-programmed mechanical arms in limited places like factories to functioning in the real world with people.

The 2017 version of the robot was designed to make free throws.

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It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a three-pointer.The 207-centimeter (six-foot-10) -tall machine made five of eight three-pointer shots in a demonstration in a Tokyo suburb Monday, a ratio its engineers...
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