Korea Baseball Team So Bad Its 'Fans' Are Actual Robots

South Korea's Hanwha Eagles let humans watch from home

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 28, 2014 11:35 AM CDT

(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?

A screenshot from video showing off the robots.
A screenshot from video showing off the robots.   (YouTube)
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