A TEAM OF US-BACKED ROBOTS has remained upstanding and scored its way to victory over Australian rivals in the RoboCup Challenge in Beijing.
According to a report on the Australian ABC news site, a team or robots from University of New South Wales, called Runswift, lost out to the better named Austin Villa from the University of Texas in Austin during the Robot World Conference.
UNSW team manager Jeremy Collette lamented the result, complaining that a number of technical problems had beset the team of robots, probably some sort of motel-based romp with booze and glamour models, and that this is what separated his team from victory.
"We've been using that robot for three or four days straight, and just before the finals, it stops," said Collette. "Then we had another problem with another robot, which is kind of like a perfect storm for us."
There is a video clip available, it is not exactly Match of the Day stuff and it shows a lot of robots falling over and standing up, and a lot of audience laughter. Someone will probably edit the video so it has a comedy soundtrack. Maybe the Steptoe and Son theme, or Laurel and Hardy.
Austin Villa beat the University of New South Wales' Runswift 7-3. We didn't count the number of times that robots fell over and got back up again, but it is possible that the Australian team would have won on those terms.
The Guardian suggests that the losing team dove a lot, which is unfair, they might just have had some new boots on, or had eaten some dodgy lasagne for supper. According to a comment from the Austin camp, this is all pretty much part of the robot football experience, which is a game of trial and error and righting yourself.
"The robots are telling each other where they believe the ball is, where they believe that they are on the field, if they've fallen down or not, and then they're also to decide who goes for the ball," chimed in student Josiah Hanna, helpfully. µ
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