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Tokyo Olympics: ROBOT basketball player wows viewers during USA-France game

Basketball player ROBOT throws perfect three-pointers – including a half-court – during an incredible demonstration at the Tokyo Olympics

Team USA lost France in Tokyo Olympiad on Sunday – but as this video shows, their defeat at the hands of outsiders was far from the only topic of conversation.

The Thunder of France was partially stolen by a hoop-shooting robot that wowed audiences with its prowess during the break.

The 6’10 ” machine developed by Toyota and dubbed the Cue scored a basket from the free throw line, hit a three-pointer and even managed to shoot one from half the court.

Kew, a basketball-playing robot, wowed the crowd at halftime in the USA-France match on Sunday by throwing baskets using built-in sensors.

The robot first hit the target from the free throw line, and then, using the motors in the shoes, rolled back a three-point distance, and then hit the target again (pictured).

The robot first hit the target from the free throw line, then, using the motors in the shoes, rolled back a three-point distance, and then hit the target again (pictured)

The robot was developed by Toyota and has been around since at least 2018, although it previously had to stand on a platform that was removed by Sunday's game.

The robot was developed by Toyota and has been around since at least 2018, although it previously had to stand on a platform that was removed by Sunday’s game.

As expected, the jokes of the US national team followed.

“A basketball robot needs a place on the US team based on how we play,” wrote Daniel Harrod.

“The US basketball team could use this robot on their roster right now,” added Chris Graham.

While the Tokyo Olympics provided the biggest stage for Cue to showcase his skills, this is far from the first time Toyota has shown its mechanical athlete.

One of his first performances took place in 2018, when he was 7 inches shorter than he is now, and competed with Arvalq Tokyo – the team of Japan’s top basketball league – in free throws.

He then reappeared the following year to set a Guinness World Record with 2020 straight free throws in a row – a tribute to the 2020 Games.

The version of Cue, which appeared on hiatus on Sunday, is vastly improved over earlier versions that were attached to platforms and other devices that supported the robot and contained some of its mechanics.

On Sunday, the version of the Cue that Toyota rolled out was free-standing and was able to move around the court using wheels mounted in her shoes – a feat she demonstrated by moving around the court for each of her shots.

Kew even managed to hit from half the court, using chest sensors and 3D mapping technology to locate the basket and execute the shot.

Kew even managed to hit from half the court, using chest sensors and 3D mapping technology to locate the basket and execute the shot.

Algorithms built into the Cue and trained using hundreds of thousands of training shots calculate the exact right angle and the amount of force required to fire.

Algorithms built into the Cue and trained using hundreds of thousands of training shots to calculate the exact right angle and the amount of force required to fire a shot.

Cue waves to the crowd after throwing all three shots in Sunday's half-time between the USA and France.

Cue waves to the crowd after throwing all three shots in Sunday’s half-time between the USA and France.

The robot demonstrates its feat by using a series of sensors, 3D mapping technology and algorithms to figure out where the basket is and align its shot.

He then adjusts the motors in his arms and legs to create the perfect angle and apply the right amount of force to fire.

The hoop-shooting robot loved the crowd, but its designers say it helped them figure out how to create robots that can accurately mimic human movement, which has many practical uses.

Such robots can end up doing heavy work that is difficult for humans to do, such as harvesting, delivering, and working in factories.

Designers say the name Cue is an allusion to these practical implications – reflecting the idea that technology can serve as a hint or signal of great things to come.

This is far from the only robot that Toyota has worked on, which has previously demonstrated a robot that can play the violin.

Toyota’s rival Honda has Asimo, the culmination of research into a walking robot that began in the 1980s.

He not only runs, but also recognizes faces, avoids obstacles, shakes hands, pours a drink and carries a tray.

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