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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 . 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 .
- 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 .
- Video of The Headless Batter on Gizmodo
- Engadget article on Ishii batting robot
- New Scientist article on Ishikawa batting robot
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