PC World has a very interesting story — though a sad one for basketball fans!
A new project from the National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan is a bit of a different beast.
Rather than just mechanically making the same shot at the same distance every time this unnamed robot works in tandem with a second basketball hoop robot that moves after each shot giving the throwing arm a new target.
The robot then dynamically adjusts its throw based on a stereo camera set up to track the backboard of the basket and then uses that data to map the basket in space. While this set-up may seem simple researchers report the system is 99% accurate.
The robot itself is just a simple robotic arm but for its “performances” the researchers who created it disguise the arm in a plush seal outfit to create the illusion of an adorable sea creature tossing basketballs with pinpoint accuracy.