Robot olympics

200 researchers and numerous robots of different types have gathered together in GeorgiaTech for the 2005 RoboCup US open competition, where robot dogs play soccer, and humans on segways cooperate with robots to win games. The BBC reports:

_41132545_robotbody2_1“There is a serious side to the 2005 RoboCup US Open but there is also a lot of fun to be had watching robot dogs playing football. The event has become the robotic version of the football World Cup and is a fertile meeting ground for robot researchers. The software that drives the footballing canines has practical real-world applications as well. Organisers plan the ultimate human versus robot football game in 2050.”