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Robot plays golf

Putt to the test
Fri Apr 22 2005, 10:30
A JAPANESE COMPANY has developed a robot which can play golf.

While we thought it was only robots who played golf anyway, it seems, according to today's Nihon Keizai Shimbun that Nirvana Technology is making another kind of automaton that can shuttle around the environmental deserts that are golf courses.

What's the handicap? Golfers are likely to be teed off that the robot - intended to be a caddy substitute - moves around on wheels, and so will be a tad hampered by bunkers.

But, on the bright side, it has a camera which compares the position of a ball on a green, and can also find the hole. The robot can also hit the ball towards the hole.

The tee caddy, said the report, will be improved so it can help humanoids with their famous "games". µ

Nihon Keizai Shimbun


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