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Japan and Germany win football's 'RoboCup' 2013

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By Euronews
Japan and Germany win football's 'RoboCup' 2013

<p>Japanese robots have done what their human counterparts can still only dream of, by winning the ‘Robocup’, a robotics equivalent of the football world cup. The Japanese automatons won the adult-size category while the ‘adolescent’ category was won by Germany. </p> <p>The tournament took place in the Dutch tech haven of Eindhoven, with a thousand soccer-playing robots aiming to become the next Lionel Messi.</p> <p>Robot teams from over 40 countries participated in the event. The organizers said their goal is to field a team of robot footballers that could compete with a human squad by 2050.</p> <p>To help achieve that objective, organisers have created multiple competition classes, including small robots, large robots, humanoid robots and even virtual robots, with plans to merge their techniques into a single squad of all-star androids capable of one day winning a man vs. machine matchup.</p> <p><iframe width="600" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/JUYxOlvbWCw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/m3lL4r-p8ps" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Humanoid robots have difficulty keeping their balance and the largest, human-height models move more like, well, robots than world-class athletes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/24/bend-it-like-a-replicant-robocup-kicks-off/" rel="external">Watch euronews’ <cite>hi-tech</cite> preview of the RoboCup 2013</a></p>