Japanese engineers have developed robots that help Japan’s national volleyball team improve performance. These robotic opponent imitate the movements of “blockers” — players that leap near the net with arms aloft to stop an attacker’s strong shot from heading over to their side of the court.
The setup includes three pairs of robotic arms that reposition left and right along a trail at a pace moderately quicker than that of a human player.
Smashing the ball over the net is among the most typical means for a team to earn points in volleyball, but they need to be able to outwit the other team’s blockers who are ready to slam the ball quickly down to the floor for their own point.
The exceptional blocking device was developed by scientists at the University of Tsukuba joined with the Japanese Volleyball Association. It is actually easy to program the software with team-specific procedures or styles of play like those of the oppositions that the team is about to face, letting more efficient pre-game training and preparation.