Toyota engineers have taken the game of HORSE to a whole new level. With a basketball robot named Che, they challenged professional basketball players to see who could make the most free throws.
The robot, although not as movement-centered as one of Boston Dynamics’ robots, did have sound fundamentals when it came to shooting the basketball. It even managed to make more free throws than the human basketball players from a Japanese B league team!
“They all entered [the net], I can’t believe it,” said one player about the basketball robot, with another one adding, “I thought he would miss one, but…I feel frustrated.”
Asahi Shimbun, the newspaper that debuted the footage above, did not have further details about Toyota’s project. Based on the limited information we have, we know that the basketball-playing robot is 6 foot 2 in tall, so a bit shorter than an average NBA player. It moves on wheels and was trained with AI to reach 100% accuracy when it comes to free throws, scoring 10 out of 10 free throws.
Football-playing robots have had their own competition for about 8 years now called Robocup. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a robotic basketball league in the near future too.