People are not permitted to visit stadiums because of coronavirus limitations. As a result, athletes are missing out on the adrenaline rush of applauding audiences. On the other hand, Japan has devised a solution to the problem by forming an artificial cheering team of robots.
A recent social media video shows humanoid robots during a baseball game in Japan. A squad of 100 robots appears in the video. The footage was initially published on the official Instagram page of Guinness World Records (GWR).
Guinness World Records’ official Instagram page states, “Largest robot cheering squad: 100 Pepper humanoid robots, by Softbank Robotics and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.”
They offered a bit of additional information about the record in reply to their post. “The robot squad was awarded their certificate at a recent baseball game in Japan – Fukuoka Softbank Hawks versus Chiba Lotte Marines at Fukuoka Pay Pay Dome,” they said. The post has received over 8,200 likes and hundreds of comments.
In a similar occurrence in Japan, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team came up with an inventive replacement: dancing robots. Over 20 robots danced to the team’s fight song on a podium in the otherwise empty stand before their most recent Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) game versus Rakuten Eagles on Tuesday.
Two distinct robots, including SoftBank’s humanoid robot ‘Pepper’ and others on four legs like a dog, stomped and shimmied in a choreographed dance that Hawks supporters normally conduct before games at the 40,000-capacity Fukuoka Dome. Some of the robots were dressed in Hawks gear and waved flags in support of the team. Fans’ comments on social media were varied.
The Hawks triumphed 4-3, helped by the cheering robots, as they attempted to defend their 2019 NPB crown. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the NPB season began three months late on June 19, and no fans are presently permitted to attend games. However, from Friday, up to 5,000 fans will be allowed to watch professional baseball and soccer games in Japan due to regulations.