Saturday, June 10, 2006

Robot For Baseball

In a collaboration of a mechanical engineering and psychology, two professors from Arizona State Universtiy have designed a robot that chases balls on a baseball field.

Engineer Thomas G. Sugar and psychologist Michael K. McBeath have built a rolling robot that simulates the perception and prediction of a baseball player and can move at 30 feet per second to intercept fly balls and scoop up grounders.

So far the little robot is not armed with a glove to catch the fly balls but that is coming soon.

A child can send a robot as a surrogate to school for them. Perhaps they will also be able to send a robot to cover for them at the little league.

Nuts-and-Bolts Ballplayer for a Space-Age Infield - New York Times


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