It isn't often that we have the opportunity of saying, "We told you so", but this time around we definitely predicted the situation right on the money. A little less than two months ago, we published a post titled "RoboCup Robots Really Excel in German Competition" and talked about how fast the skills, abilities, and performance is growing extremely rapidly.
And, we singled out the NimbRo team (Universitat Freiburg) for special attention and praise. We closed that post by saying, "It's going to be very interesting when Team NimbRo comes up against Team Osaka to battle it out during the Atlanta RoboCup in early July."
Sure enough, the RoboCup 2007 Final, Humanoid League, pitted Team Osaka head-to-head with the NimbRo team in what turned out to be a really exciting, and frequently surprising, battle to win and take home the trophy (see video below)..