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Japan using robots to train for the world's best

 
Not a robot; Kanami Tashiro sets for Japan during the FIVB World Grand Prix in 2016
Lausanne, Switzerland, April 23, 2017 – Science fiction author Isaac Asimov once wrote, “You just can’t differentiate between a robot and the very best of humans,” while robotics expert Ken Goldberg said that robots “are reflections of ourselves.”

Meanwhile, website www.robots.com states: "Japan is the country that is probably closest to a future where robots and humans live together compatibly." 

Japan’s volleyball teams appear to have put these thoughts into practice with the discovery that they practice against robot blockers.

The Japan women’s national team have practiced against the robot defenders, who can move at least as fast as human players – and are less prone to injury.

The robot defenders, who were produced in conjunction with Tsukuba University, can be programmed to reflect the tactics of opposing teams.


Whether or not the robot system will catch on with other teams remains to be seen, but Japan’s production line of great volleyball players remains organically based, at least for now.


Innovative technology will continue to be at the forefront during the major volleyball events of 2017 across the globe to assist players and officials and to enhance the enjoyment of the public through integration with sports presentation technology.

The highlight of the technological innovations will once again be the Video Challenge System, which allows players to question referee calls which they feel are incorrect. Giant screens, LED panels and electronic scoreboards will allow spectators to enhance their enjoyment of the matches.


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