No more empty stadiums? The cheerleaders at a baseball game in Japan were humanoid robots

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Due to the corona restrictions, people are not allowed to enter the stadiums. This has resulted in athletes missing the adrenaline rush from the cheering crowd. Well, Japan found a solution to the problem by creating an artificial cheerleading robot group.

A video recently surfaced on social media showing humanoid robots playing a baseball game in Japan. The video shows a team of 100 robots. The video was first shared on the official Guinness World Record (GWR) Instagram page.

The official Instagram page of the Guinness World Record reads: “Biggest robot cheerleading troop: 100 humanoid Pepper robots from Softbank Robotics and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks”. “The robot squad received their certificate at a recent baseball game – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks versus Chiba Lotte Marines at the Fukuoka Pay Pay Dome in Japan,” they wrote.

The post garnered more than 8,200 likes and many comments.

In a similar incident in Japan, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team came up with an imaginative replacement: dancing robots.

Before their latest Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) game against the Rakuten Eagles on Tuesday, over 20 robots danced to the team’s battle song on a podium in the otherwise empty grandstand.

Two different robots, including SoftBank’s humanoid robot “Pepper” and others on four legs like a dog, stamped and wobbled in a choreographed dance that is usually performed by Hawks fans prior to games at the 40,000-seat Fukuoka Dome.

Some of the robots wore hawks hats and waved flags to support the team. Fans on social media reacted mixed.

“I think it’s like a dystopia,” wrote one Twitter user.

Another called the performance “incredibly beautiful”.

Driven by the supporting robots, the Hawks won 4-3 as they attempt to defend their 2019 NPB title.

The NPB season started on June 19 three months late due to the coronavirus pandemic and currently no fans are allowed to attend games. However, as of Friday, up to 5,000 fans will be allowed to attend professional baseball and soccer games in Japan due to a relaxation of restrictions.

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