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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.
Robots to the rescue
Before the actual games begin, some robots will put on a demonstration of their rescue skills. The scenario incorporates a simulated accident scene involving several wrecked vehicles and the possibility of hazardous substances being spilled. Equipped with cameras, the remote-controlled robots will venture into the accident scene ahead of their human handlers.