Japan invents baseball-playing robots


Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a pair of baseball-playing robots, a pitcher and a batter, whose performance puts the top Major League players to shame.

The pitch-bot is so nimble that it can open and close its three-fingered hand 10 times per second and hits the strike zone 90 percent of the time at about 40 kph (25 mph).

The robo-batter, which analyzes each throw with its 1,000 fps camera, hits balls in the strike zone with nearly one hundred percent accuracy.


As a next step, these nerds want to boost the robot pitcher’s throwing speed to 150 kph (93 mph) and teach it to throw breaking balls and changeups.

I wonder what Mark Buehrle would say about that?

[Via Pink Tentacle]