Everyone loves soccer, and everyone loves robots. So, a mash-up involving robots playing soccer has got to be really exciting and popular - at least that's what you would think. However, in the real world most of the robot soccer played today is relatively slow and time consuming to the point that it is only fascinating to a small group of robot geeks that know the technology inside out.
But, what if we bent the rules a little. What if the robots were allowed to be remote controlled instead of totally autonomous, and what if they could not only use their feet but also their arms? And what if they were allowed full body contact without having to worry about getting yellow carded?
Wouldn't that be an absolute blast? Apparently that's what the ROBO-ONE organization in Japan thought when they created ROBO-ONE Robot Battle Ball.
We'll post more about the game background, rules and regulations, and players later on.
For now we just want to cut to the chase so that you can see what it's all about, and understand why we think this particular robo-sport is going to catch on like wildfire.