Korea Baseball Team So Bad Its 'Fans' Are Actual Robots
South Korea's Hanwha Eagles let humans watch from home
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 28, 2014 11:35 AM CDT
A screenshot from video showing off the robots.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – If you're a fan of the Hanwha Eagles, you can be a part of the crowd without even going to the game. That's thanks to the team's army of robots, who sit in the stadium and broadcast the game to viewers at home—all while cheering for the Eagles, Quartz reports, via CBS Sports. The fan, meanwhile, watches the game on a smartphone and controls the robot remotely. And if she wants her presence felt at the stadium, she can upload an image of her face onto the robot's head.

The Eagles may need the support: They've lost more than 400 games in the past five years, the BBC notes. Indeed, they're so bad that their fans—the human ones—are called "Stone Buddhas," because they're so patient, Quartz notes, via eventseeker. A British soccer fan, however, is a little worried by the devices. "What happens if a robotic fan misbehaves?" he asks the BBC. Perhaps a robot riot?

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westword6
Jul 29, 2014 8:28 AM CDT
Oh, I see a bright future for this technology. The perfect cure for overly talkative spouses, chatty neighbors, pushy salesmen, obnoxious bosses, overbearing traffic cops, telemarketers, and IRS agents: Just send in your substitute -- A robot!
Marked as Spam?
Jul 29, 2014 7:42 AM CDT
Domo arigato misuta Robotto
TomFlores
Jul 28, 2014 10:24 PM CDT
Just wait until someone hacks into the system! Could get interesting! Guess there is no need for a Beer vendor!