CUE3: Toyota’s basketball robot plays in Tokyo

CUE3, the tall basketball robot made 5 of 8 3-point shots in a in Tokyo demonstration on April 1st, 2019.

The robot computes as a 3D image of the basket location, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to shoot at the right angle and score.

To shoot hoops, the robot must has a smart vision system, and is able to compute the ball’s path.

CUE3 engineering team. Photo: Toyota

“What Toyota is doing here is really bringing the top capabilities in perception with the top capabilities in control to have robots perform something that is really challenging.”

Oussama Khatib, Stanford University

Japan has been a pioneer in developing humanoid robots.

Toyota will present the new CUE3 in the B-League against Alvark Tokyo vs Sunrockers Shibuya on April 10, 2019, about 5 months after the appearance of CUE2. CUE3 will be unveiled at half-time.

The basketball robot will be part of the B-League Alvark Basketball Team. Photo: Toyota
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