Soccer fans, rejoice: America has won the World Cup. Well, the robot World Cup.
In the finale of RoboCup 2011, two Virginia Tech robots took top honors in the adult-size and child-size categories. The full-size humanoid CHARLI-2, making its public debut at RoboCup, won the adult-size robot soccer match with a penalty kick, beating Robo Erectus of Singapore 1-0.
Japanese researchers from Tohoku Gakuin University have new video of their ball-balancing-bot in action, balancing on a basketball, carrying water and working with a team.
It balances on a ball without tipping over, even if it's pushed. It safely carries stacked glasses of water, and it can work in concert with other bots to move large, unwieldy objects. Researchers can even turn it into an obedient, robotic wheelbarrow.