CUE, The Basketball Bot, Shoots Free Throws Better Than Steph Curry

Have you ever heard of the 6’three″ basketball participant who could make each shot inside three.6 meters of the ring? No, it’s not Steph Curry. This participant isn’t eligible for the NBA — it’s not even human. Introducing CUE, a humanoid robotic constructed by a gaggle of Toyota engineers.

CUE makes free throws with one hundred% accuracy because of AI-discovered capturing methods. Just lately, its mettle was examined towards a pair of professional gamers in Tokyo. CUE defeated the 2 handily, sinking each shot it took.

Its pin-level accuracy stems from the 200,000 photographs that CUE took to hone its type. That’s over one hundred eighty,000 extra subject objectives than NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal tried over his whole profession.

Alvark Tokyo, the workforce who despatched two gamers to shoot round with CUE, has named Shaq (and Steph Curry) as the subsequent potential challengers:

Our cash’s on CUE.

Although it might shoot impeccably, the humanoid is way from an entire participant. It may possibly’t dribble or transfer its ft.

That doesn’t imply this isn’t vital when it comes to robotic involvement in sports. Granted CUE is just not the primary robotic software to basketball — in 2011, a staff of Taiwanese researchers programed a robotic seal (sure, a seal) to shoot with ninety nine% accuracy inside a distance of three ft. However CUE presents a degree of realism and efficiency that our capturing seal didn’t.

We’ve additionally seen examples in different sports — Omron Company used AI to develop a bot, FORPHEUS, who acts as a desk tennis tutor — however nothing but that replicates a facet of recreation play as successfully as CUE.

Clearly CUE has an extended method to go earlier than taking the courtroom and competing subsequent to people. That doesn’t imply that we gained’t have the ability to study a factor or two from CUE and different android pals. For now, educating athletes to enhance efficiency could be one of the best use of robotics within the sporting world.