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    Robots fill in for humans in empty stadiums, cheer for sportsmen from empty stands


    The chirpy humanoids are obviously a morale booster for sportspeople.

    At least the dancing and singing robots provided some noise and activity from the stands.
    Japan already has robots filling in for humans in many roles, from priests in Buddhist temples to therapy dogs for patients. So, it is not surprising that a recent baseball game played in an empty Japanese stadium this week saw the deployment of robot cheerleaders and even quadrupeds. Besides being great promotion conduits for the companies that own the competing teams — as well as the stadium and the league — the chirpy humanoids are obviously a morale booster for sportspeople used to playing in front of cheering spectators.

    At least the dancing and singing robots provided some noise and activity from the stands, which is a distinct improvement on the other alternative of positioning immobile and silent mannequins there, as has been seen at stadiums elsewhere. Indeed, authorities must approve of this new kind of crowd given that they are easier to manage and are non-polluting. No wonder cheer-bots are slated to continue ‘attending’ matches even when some real spectators are allowed in from next week.

    With Covid-19 unlikely to recede any time soon, robotics companies should consider a product that would provide those missing the stadium vantage point when watching their favourite game a chance to buy a robotic alter ego. Those can be sent to the stadium instead, with camera attachments and facilities to transmit the voices of their owners.

    With Flying Taxis And Rolling Robots, CES 2020 Starts On A High Note

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    Redefining Tech At CES

    If the Apple event is the curtain call that marks the end of the year in tech, it is the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) that kickstarts the year in technology. For the unversed, the CES is an annual trade show which is organized by Consumer Technology Association (CTA) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    At CES, the who’s who from the world of technology come together and present breakthrough technologies for the next 50 years. Every year, innovators come up with pathbreaking technologies at CES and this year was no exception.

    From flying taxis, toilet paper robots to 8K TVs and 5G laptops, technologies introduced at the four-day trade show that began on January 7, ended up grabbing a lot of eyeballs.

    Here are some of the most interesting announcements from CES 2020.

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