A South Korean company called Digital Media for Brain and Health (DMBH) has developed a virtual golfing robot called InBirdie that it says is a world first. DMBH spokesman Yong Gil Park admits that a putting robot appeared at the 2005 Aichi Expo in Japan (see Candy-05), but says it relied on a simple program.
InBirdie, on the other hand, can join human players in a round of virtual golf by judging the remaining distance between the ball and hole as well as the inclination. It then correctly positions itself to hit the ball using just the right intensity. The company’s SCI-GOLF system communicates with the robot and includes all of the necessary equipment including a sensor which accurately detects side spin, back spin, as well as fade and draw. The project began in December 2008 and was officially unveiled in April 2010, with plans to promote the robot at theme parks, golf courses, and related shops.
InBirdie stands 115cm (3’9″) tall and weighs 30kg (66 lbs). Besides its built-in speakers and touch screen, the robot can also display a variety of emoticon-like facial expressions with the LED array in its head. It can operate for up to 2 hours before needing to be recharged. A short video and some more photos follow after the break.
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