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A robot basketball player who enters the field at halftime during the match between France and the United States.
A large robot provided entertainment in the first half during an Olympic basketball game, shooting from the free-throw line, then a three-pointer, and then a shot from the half-court.
Footage from the event shows the robot essentially taking a basketball throwing position, pausing for perhaps five or six seconds, returning its large hand and sending the ball in a high graceful arc toward the basket.
The robot also moves around the field without any visible assistance and collects balls that it throws from the carts.
Mashable I mentioned that the robot appears to be from the CUE line Robots developed by Toyota. The first appeared in the line in 2018, while in 2019, the third robot in the series, CUE3, set a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive basketball throws by a robot. The record was a successful 2020 free throw in just over 6.5 hours.
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The robot made its Olympic debut in the match between France and the United States, which France won 83-76, breaking the Americans’ 25-game winning streak at the Olympics.
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