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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.