Cue 3, a robot created by Toyota to play basketball, demonstrated its capabilities at a pavilion in Tokyo. The 2.07-meter human-shaped robot uses sensors to calculate a three-dimensional image of the basket, then adjusts the mechanisms present on its arms and legs to launch with the proper angle and thrust.
For now, Cue 3 is not yet able to dribble or sink, but has proven to be very efficient in triple throwing. In the demonstration managed a ratio of five successful triples in eight attempts, which engineers say is below their usual effectiveness.
However, Toyota devalues the practical application that this technology may have. According to the Associated Press News, the Japanese company is more interested in using robots like Cue 3 as a motivating factor for its engineers, leaving them open to new ideas and challenges. On the other hand, the Japanese company has also been involved in robotics projects with another type of practical utility, such as the development of robots to help nurses in hospitals.