This robot can drain three-pointers better than you
Alright, I’ll be the first to admit that my basketball skills aren’t the greatest. I’m 6’4, and I can’t dunk. Give me an open lane to the hoop and five times out of ten I’ll likely miss the layup. Don’t even get me started about my three-point shot – it’s horrendous and almost criminal how bad I am at them.
Well, apparently this isn’t the case with the Cue robot by Toyota. It’s literally designed to drain three-pointers like it is no one’s business, and there’s footage to prove it.
During a Japenese basketball game this week, Toyota brought out its Cue robot to demonstrate its rainmaking abilities. They propped the robot outside the three-point line (they really had it almost the near half-court) and basically let the robot do its thing. To the crowd’s surprise, he drains the three-point shot without any hesitation.
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As for how it’s done, it’s pretty technical. Per the Associated Press, Cue “computes as a three-dimensional image where the basket is, using sensors on its torso, and adjusts motors inside its arm and knees to give the shot the right angle and propulsion for a swish.”
When it comes to the free throw line, Cue is nearly perfect with its shots. But farther distances prove to be more difficult, as you can see in the video found at the top of this page. But again, Cue’s shooting percentages are far way better than mine and probably yours too.
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