Baseball robot

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A baseball batting robot is a robot that can hit a pitched ball, like a human baseball player would.

Several engineers have independently attempted to build one.

  • Frank Barnes alias Robocross has built a robot called The Headless Batter which can hit balls pitched at high speeds by a baseball pitching machine [1]. This semi-android robot performs the same actions - hips swivel, the shoulders drop and the arms extend - as a human batter.
  • Hiroshima University associate professor Idaku Ishii has developed a robot able to hit a pitch coming at speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour [2].
  • Researchers Masatoshi Ishikawa and colleagues at Tokyo University have developed a baseball batting robot that works for balls thrown to it at slower speeds, but with much greater accuracy. It can bat the balls into a basket at a desired location [3].

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