Photos: RoboCup 2006 set to kick off

Photos: RoboCup 2006 set to kick off

Summary: Droids and Aibos head to Germany for championship games of robotic soccer. And guess who's doing the color commentary?

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  • Aibos chew up the turf

    Sony's Aibo has long been a favorite for robot soccer matches. In these games, the robot dogs--and other robotic competitors--have to demonstrate both individual skills, such as dribbling the ball and locating themselves on the field of play, and cooperative actions such as passing.

  • Miro Klose cradles his Aibo buddy

    This Aibo has a boon companion in Miro Klose, a star of the German national team. Alas, Sony isn't as affectionate anymore--in January, it eliminated the robotics unit that designed and built the pup.

  • Fancy footwork from Sony's humanoid Qrio

    Color commentary for some of the RoboCup matches will be provided by a pair of robots from Carnegie Mellon University. Based on Sony's humanoid Qrio (seen here)--also a victim of the company's cost-cutting earlier this year--the duo of Ami and Sango will receive wireless input from the Game Controller, the same system that communicates the referee's calls to the four-legged robot players. Ami is designed to be emotional, while Sango is the sober one, Carnegie Mellon says.

Topic: Emerging Tech

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