Meet the football robot that is “better than Messi”
Meet the football robot that is “better than Messi”: watch the full size robot run, jump and walk like a real person.
- A robot named Artemis will take part in this year’s RoboCup, which will be held in France.
- Artemis was created to move as if she had biological muscles.
- Researchers joke that its name stands for “The robot that surpasses Messi in football.”
The football-playing robot is due to take part in an international tournament later this year, and experts say “she” is better than Lionel Messi.
A 4’8″ humanoid named Artemis can walk and jump and is one of three bots around the world with the ability to launch.
Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) calls Artemis an anagram for “The robot that beats Messi in football.”
Dennis Hong, director of the Robotics and Mechanics Laboratory, said: “We are thrilled to be taking Artemis for field testing here at UCLA, and we see this as an opportunity to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to a much wider audience. ‘
The human-sized robot will show off its football skills as a rival at France’s RoboCup23 in July.
The football-playing robot is due to take part in an international tournament later this year as pundits joke that “she” is better than Lionel Messi.
ARTEMIS: Key Features
Height: 4 feet 8 inches
Weight: 85 pounds
Fastest walking speed: 2.1 m/s
Other abilities: running, jumping and walking on uneven terrain.
Experts spotted Artemis walking at a record speed of 2.1 m/s during tests and have been walking around campus ever since as part of preparations.
RoboCup23 will see 2,500 participants representing 45 countries gather to take part in a range of football-related challenges.
Robots of all sizes can take part in his various leagues: a “small size” league designed for five-inch-tall robots, and a humanoid league for kids, teens, and adults.
The inventor of the cup, Hiroaki Kitano, suggested nearly 30 years ago that by 2050, robots could play on the field with humans.
Artemis’ football abilities will be tested more actively in the coming weeks in addition to his ability to get up off the ground and carry objects.
Dr. Hong claims the 85-pound robot is “the first of its kind” to use technology to allow it to behave as if it had “springy” biological muscles rather than rigid parts like other robots.
Experts spotted Artemis walking at a record speed of 2.1 m/s during tests and have been taking her for walks around campus ever since.
In the coming weeks, Artemis’ soccer abilities will be tested more vigorously, in addition to her ability to get up off the ground and carry objects.
Artemis follows a number of other robots developed by UCLA, including firefighter Saffir, released in 2014, and Thor, designed for disaster relief. The five-foot Thor won the RoboCup in 2015, also beating over 400 teams.
Robots of all sizes can compete in various RoboCup leagues (pictured in 2015)
“This is the key to his excellent balance when walking on uneven terrain and his ability to run – getting both feet off the ground as he moves,” he added.
Artemis follows a number of other robots developed by UCLA, including firefighter Saffir, released in 2014, and Thor, designed for disaster relief.
five feet tall Thor won the RoboCup in 2015. also against over 400 teams.
The researchers’ current robot was part is funded by 232 donors who contributed $118,000 to the crowdfunding campaign, while other support also came from the Naval Research Grant.
OTHER ROBOTS DEVELOPED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
2010: DARwIn-OP (Dynamic Anthropomorphic Robot with Intelligent Open Platform)
Free and open source robot used for research and education.
2011: CHARLI (cognitive autonomous humanoid robot with learning intelligence)
First human-sized robot in the US
2013: TOR (tactical humanoid robot)
Designed to aid in post-disaster relief
2014: SAFFiR (ship-borne autonomous fire robot)
Fire robot tested on Navy ships
2022: BRUCE (bipedal robot with enhanced compliance)
Used for research and education