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Soccerbots Learn How To Fall Gracefully

samzenpus posted more than 5 years ago | from the I've-fallen-and-I-can't-compute dept.

Robotics 105

wjousts writes "Up until now, most work with humanoid robotics has focused on keeping them upright and balanced, but in the real world, falling down is inevitable. So now researcher in Chile are looking at teaching their Soccerbots how to fall down gracefully to minimize damage and allow for a quick recovery. According to a New Scientist article, 'They found that one of the main ways to minimise damage is for the robot to fold its legs underneath it. Among other things, that means the robot is much less likely to hit its head on the ground. Another good strategy is to use a fall sequence consisting of several movements, so the falling body has several points of contact with the ground, spreading the energy of the impact over a large number of joints, rather than taking it all in one disastrous crunch.'"

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Fail gracefully? (5, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035095)

You've obviously never seen soccer.

The bot will tap into the bot with the ball, then proceed to spin at full speed until it lets some smoke out of the IC. Look around to see if anyone saw it and continue playing.

Re:Fail gracefully? (4, Funny)

syousef (465911) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035859)

Fall gracefully, as in like a 3rd rate theatre actor playing Hamlet that staggers about for 5 minutes and gets up 3 more times to exaggerate the death.

Not Fail gracefully, as in take out a bank or two but still get $100 million in severance while everyone who worked for you is turfed out on the street without even their entitelments.

Re:Fail gracefully? (1)

totallyarb (889799) | more than 5 years ago | (#28038797)

Like all fans of dreadful puns everywhere, I'm looking forward to the day we first see a robot yellow carded for simulation [wikipedia.org] .

Even more life-like (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035103)

They can take a dive, just like real soccer players!

Re:Even more life-like (3, Interesting)

LunarEffect (1309467) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035321)

Yeah, that was my first thought when I read this, too. It would be pretty interesting to see a robot intelligent enough to cheat without people noticing!

Re:Even more life-like (1)

JayJay.br (206867) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037695)

Like a Turing Test for Soccerbots?

Re:Even more life-like (2, Funny)

ByteGuerrilla (918383) | more than 5 years ago | (#28038159)

Sweet. Then we can give Cesc Fabregas an 'I failed the Turing Test' shirt.

This is great (5, Insightful)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035111)

Every soccer player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

Re:This is great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035195)

And look indignant and/or utterly shocked like a grown man in Europe would never grab you and push you down...

Re:This is great (4, Insightful)

centuren (106470) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035323)

Every Italian soccer player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

Fixed that for you.

Re:This is great (3, Funny)

Alexandra Erenhart (880036) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035815)

Every Argentinean soccer player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

Fixed that for you.

Fixed it again for you.

Hey, don't look at me that way. I'm chilean. We chileans and argentineans have this "healthy" rivalry going on, you know ;)

Re:This is great (5, Funny)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036059)

Every Chelsea player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

There, that should cover just about every nationality besides English.

Re:This is great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28036221)

How far have the Toon's homegrown stars got you then? :P

Re:This is great (1)

daveime (1253762) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036531)

The homegrown star (singular) has been sat on the bench since 2003

Re:This is great (3, Informative)

gadget junkie (618542) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036831)

Every Chelsea player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

There, that should cover just about every nationality besides English.

That's nothing. Here in Italy, Inter played whole swathes of the season with exactly one (1) Italian player in the field.

Re:This is great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28037523)

Every Chelsea player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

There, that should cover just about every nationality besides English.

That's nothing. Here in Italy, Inter played whole swathes of the season with exactly one (1) flopper in the field.

Re:This is great (2, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037533)

Was that because the other ten had been sent off?

Re:This is great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28038317)

Every Chelsea player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

There, that should cover just about every nationality besides English.

That's nothing. Here in Italy, Inter played whole swathes of the season with exactly one (1) Italian player in the field.

I believe Arsenal's starting 11 contains not a single Englishman

Re:This is great (1)

Cornflake917 (515940) | more than 5 years ago | (#28041731)

Ummm, there's quite a few English players in Chelsea (Lampard, Terry, A. Cole, etc). Besides, the only person on Chelsea who really dives is Drogba.

Re:This is great (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28042835)

Yeah.. at least we (Argentineans) werent Disqualified and banished from the 1990 & 1994 World Cups [wikipedia.org] after the game against Brazil on Sept. 3rd 1989. ;)
Sure.. more healthy rivalry ;)

Re:This is great (1)

jonbryce (703250) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037069)

Every Portuguese soccer player and in particular those from FC Porto knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall. And that you shouldn't stay upright for more then 30 seconds at a time.

Fixed it again for you.

Re:This is great (2, Insightful)

basementman (1475159) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035355)

No the most important skill is to know how to fall and make it look like the other team pushed you.

Re:This is great (2, Funny)

newcastlejon (1483695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035483)

No, the most important skill is to get to the penalty box then back into the player behind you then fall over.

Re:This is great (3, Interesting)

Kjella (173770) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035413)

Absolutely. Have they taught them to fall like they're mortally wounded, yet be back on their feet in no time if the referee doesn't blow the whistle?

Re:This is great (0)

zonker (1158) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035899)

Next thing you know these robots Mom's will be driving them to and from the matches in Prius's.

Re:This is great (1)

relguj9 (1313593) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039007)

Every soccer player knows that the most important skill is knowing when and how to fall.

Yea, right after being able to dribble, pass, shoot, read the field...

The essense of Judo (4, Informative)

diskofish (1037768) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035151)

As a Judo practitioner, I can tell you that learning how to fall correctly is the key to not getting hurt. The article describes exactly what a breakfall is. In Judo, you collapse your legs and roll. It would make sense that they program a robot to do the same thing.

Re:The essense of Judo (3, Interesting)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035243)

You can also slam the ground with your limbs, transferring the momentum to your torso and reducing the impact on it and on your head. I'm surprised they haven't experimented with that move yet.

Re:The essense of Judo (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035271)

I'm partial to the "flail uncontrollably and try taking as many people out with you as you possibly can" move. People do make great cushions, after all.

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

Qiadron (1259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035651)

I read that as 'Customers do make great cushions, after all.' I think I've worked in support for far too long...

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

Laglorden (87845) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037073)

Or maybe the RIAA?

Re:The essense of Judo (2, Insightful)

Thoughts from Englan (1212556) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037161)

I read that as 'Customers do make great cushions, after all.' I think I've worked in support for far too long...

No, you've worked in support too long when you read that as "Customers make great targets"

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

Quothz (683368) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035313)

You can also slam the ground with your limbs, transferring the momentum to your torso and reducing the impact on it and on your head. I'm surprised they haven't experimented with that move yet.

Or you could build robots that don't have a head. Or put delicate components elsewhere. (That's not t'say this research won't be useful, for example in medical applications. I'm just sayin'.)

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

Panzor (1372841) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035429)

That would probably cause more damage to the limbs than it saves the torso. Who knows?

Re:The essense of Judo (3, Informative)

cailith1970 (1325195) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035609)

He means what is known as a break fall [wikipedia.org] where you do exactly what he says. It's one method of preventing injury from a throw or a fall in martial arts.

Re:The essense of Judo (2, Informative)

DMUTPeregrine (612791) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036241)

As a martial artist experienced in Hap Ki Do, I'd like to point out that even in a break fall you roll. Just slapping the ground won't prevent injury, and just rolling well likely have you roll over. Slapping the ground stops the roll, in addition to taking the impact & spreading it. You tuck your head to keep it from hitting at all, not slap the ground to reduce that impact.
The roll decreases the rate at which the impact energy enters your body, the slap distributes the energy & helps prevent harm caused by rolling onto your neck.

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

squizzar (1031726) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036805)

But if you're not rolling - say you get dumped on your back or side - then you need to take a lot of the energy out of the impact.

As far as the 'causing more injury to the limbs than the torso' goes: I have done thousands of breakfalls, the majority landing on one side, and a lot of them pretty damn hard. My arms are fine, my head hasn't hit the floor in ages, and I don't get the wind knocked out of me that often. I know that if I throw someone hard and they don't breakfall properly (which is a combination of posture, timing and hitting the floor as hard as possible with your arm(s)) then they will be staying down on the floor for a while, even though we have soft mats etc.

Re:The essense of Judo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28037815)

I did some hapkido also... and I remember only one fall that you break and then roll... Others are only roll or break... Most of them are break fall. But you got an important point with the head positioning...

Re:The essense of Judo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28040205)

... not slap the ground to reduce that impact.

Force = Pressure * Area

Area++ => Pressure-- => Injury--

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

Mephistro (1248898) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035637)

According to the video in the article, they have. It's in one of the simulations at the beginning

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

armanox (826486) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035253)

As a karate and aikido practitioner, I agree. Perhaps we could mod them into Randori bots?

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

cool_story_bro (1522525) | more than 5 years ago | (#28038245)

that might be difficult, considering a common rule is that you may not have any metal or hard objects (hard plastic knee braces, etc)

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

ShakaUVM (157947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036591)

As a fellow Judo practitioner and also a former soccer player, I can attest there's one very important difference between breakfalls in the two sports: in soccer people fall over, clutch their legs, and howl in pain until the penalty whistle is blown. Then they stand up and are fine.

Actually, it was shit like that that made me stop playing soccer.

The essense of Soccer (1)

initialE (758110) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037195)

... is to fall in such a way as to get the other guy a yellow or even red card. Maybe even get yourself a penalty kick. Er and yeah, not get hurt. But that red card is more important.

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

An Onerous Coward (222037) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039003)

I think they teach a similar fall in the Army's jump school. You land on your feet, take another impact on the side of your knee, another on your thigh, and a fourth on the shoulder. It spreads the damage around, hopefully reducing it.

Of course, if your parachute fails, it's very hard to do, and there's probably not much point to it.

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040385)

uh, that's how Chuck Norris practices his break falls.

Re:The essense of Judo (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040969)

So, you're saying that if they fail as soccer bots, we could train them as robotic ninjas? The world just got 20 times more awesome than it was.

I know how they came up with the idea also... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035153)

I sounds like the scientists behind this idea were just pi##ing the night away...

GrpA

*Ahem* (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035165)

FOOTBALL bot, ya bloody Yanks! :P

But seriously, I want one of these on my side come the next soccer riot.

Re:*Ahem* (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035203)

Well this came from a researcher in Chile so there is hope for North America in the long term. Maybe soccer will follow the Spanish language north?

"They play football for keeps in South America" - Arthur C Clarke.

Re:*Ahem* (1)

Miseph (979059) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035447)

I hope not, the South Americans all juggle and rainbow kick like pussies. You never see Brazilian fullbacks palming their opponents' faces or sharpening their cleat spikes into tendon shredding razor talons.

Anyway, given how confrontational our sports leagues tend to be, I'd imagine that English style soccer (sorry, but we already have an inappropriately named football, that ship has sailed) has a much better shot of making it here.

Re:*Ahem* (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035543)

Funny that you "association" football has no more right to the name than our gridiron football.

Re:*Ahem* (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035757)

Pffft, sockher is what you do to your wife when she steps outta the kitchen. Hardly a sport. Yet.

Re:*Ahem* (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040143)

Futbol

other applications (1)

boshi (612264) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035181)

This technology sounds like it would be very beneficial when we see wider use of assisted movement robotics for humans.

Diving (2, Funny)

KliX (164895) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035213)

South americans teaching their bots how to dive - whatever next? :)

Whatever next? (4, Funny)

Rupert (28001) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035335)

Argentinian soccerbots with hands.

This grudge is now 23 years old. Hopefully it will be moving out on its own once it's done with grad school.

Re:Whatever next? (1)

KliX (164895) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035891)

I really don't think you quite understand how we feel about that :)

Re:Whatever next? (1)

EEDAm (808004) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037239)

Yeah, well, we were last at war with the French in 1815, 194 years ago..... and that particular grudge ain't going away *any* time soon :>

Re:Diving (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28036201)

Referee bots that not only can discern what's a true penalty or not, but also misjudge a dive, select the penalty and show the red card to one or two of the rivals.

That's true 5th generation computing.

If you got soccer players... (3, Funny)

creimer (824291) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035251)

Spectatorbots will learn how to riot peacefully without burning down the stadium, trampling each other, and/or throwing garbage at everyone else.

Re:If you got soccer players... (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035513)

And then they'll come up with saboteur-bots whose purpose is to cause a disruption and do as much damage to other bots as possible.

Not to mention unruly-fan-bots. Where would we be if our robots couldn't take on those essential roles also?

Help! (2)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035273)

Soccerbot3000: I've fallen and I can't get up!
I'm sorry. I couldn't resist.

Re:Help! (1)

bertoelcon (1557907) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035553)

Soccerbot3000: I've fallen and I can't get up!

So to solve it we just give all of them those lifealert button things?

I'm curious... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035379)

Are they called Football Bots in other parts of the world?

French Ninjas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035495)

Surrender-bots with advanced body control.

Next step (3, Funny)

EvilToiletPaper (1226390) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035519)

Hooligan bots automatically turn batteries down at the end of a match to emulate incoherence and inebriation..

Re:Next step (1)

jamesh (87723) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036129)

No. At the end of the match they _stop_ drinking alcohol to make themselves incoherent.

PLF (3, Interesting)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035541)

Another good strategy is to use a fall sequence consisting of several movements, so the falling body has several points of contact with the ground, spreading the energy of the impact over a large number of joints, rather than taking it all in one disastrous crunch.

Get your head out of your fourth point of contact [wikipedia.org] and send 'em to Airborne School. All the way, Airborne!

-Peter

I for one... (5, Funny)

sokoban (142301) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035563)

Welcome the downfall of our graceful robotic overlords.

Simulation? (1)

zurtle (785688) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035565)

Gives a Matlab Simulation a whole new meaning.

(I'm guessing mainly the referees here will get that one... :-P)

Bah (1)

dmomo (256005) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035659)

Just over the thing with Nerf. If it's going to win at Soccer, getting up quickly is more important.

If the goal is to win "this" match... self preservation is important.

If the goal is to give the robot a long life with happiness, stop the Soccer lessons and teach them robot sex.

Perfect timing (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035779)

I have been spending the last decade learning how best to push robots! Robot, take me to your leaner.

Re:Perfect timing (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035893)

Naw, your wasting your time. You should learn instead on how to *shove* robots. Shoving is the answer.

Re:Perfect timing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28036283)

You must be here to protect them.

Re:Perfect timing (1)

melikamp (631205) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036583)

I respectfully disagree. I think /prying/ robots is the key, and the only true way to do it with robots is to pry them.

Re:Perfect timing (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28037395)

PAK CHOOIE UNF

unf unf unf unf unf

Re:Perfect timing (1)

Abreu (173023) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040225)

No, you lean on them like cows, then push hard to tip them over

Get em drunk. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035821)

Everyone knows drunks can fall over and not hurt themselves far better than sober people.

Re:Get em drunk. (1)

Spad (470073) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036675)

Well of course; you're far too focused on not spilling your pint to tense up as you fall, so you're less likely to seriously hurt yourself.

aikido bots (1)

krakround (1065064) | more than 5 years ago | (#28035887)

In aikido, we call falling in that way "ukemi".

Soccerbot moms (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28035965)

Maybe they wouldn't fall so much if the Soccerbot moms didn't push them so hard...

Um, duh... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036041)

All they needed to know the "tricks" in the summary was to watch Saturday Night Live during the years Chevy Chase was on. I've known how to safely prat-fall for a long time.

Re:Um, duh... (1)

Midgarn (1447063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28038421)

Or go to any acting college's first-year movement course. Safely falling is taught there too, using the fall sequence implied in the article, and without the big slap of martial arts that would be freaking disturbing to see and hear on stage.

Learning how to fall - Learning how to walk (4, Interesting)

TrevorB (57780) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036779)

As a Dad, it would seem to me that robots learning how to fall is a prerequisite for learning how to walk. Children around 12 months old spend a lot of time learning how to fall gracefully, so that they have the confidence to actually take steps and walk without fear of damaging themselves.

I recall a video some years back of a number of Japanese engineers racing towards a walking robot that was about to fall, for fear of it breaking. Somewhere in the back of my head I wondered if they ever took the time to observe humans learning to walk.

Re:Learning how to fall - Learning how to walk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28039343)

Learning to fall is an important point of many sports. I know teaching skiing, you find kids learn much more quickly because they are willing to fall much more readily.

Adults try to save themselves, stop the fall, and as a result fall badly. Kids just let it go, and while they may fall more often, don't fall nearly as hard and as a result learn how to fall correctly much more quickly.

Re:Learning how to fall - Learning how to walk (1)

CFTM (513264) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039949)

Strange, but isn't that a metaphor for life?

Learning to fall, without fighting it so you can get back up and start over again...

Booze is the answer (2, Interesting)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#28036875)

Many sports - skiing for example - are best enjoyed in a 'relaxed' state. When I started to ski, I used to hurt myself in the inevitable, regular falls. A sympathetic fellow-novice provided support in the form of regular shots of decent whisky from the largest hip-flask I'd ever seen.

Pretty soon I was collapsing gracefully into the snow with no difficulty or pain / damage.

Put some 200-proof in the 'bots hydraulics and it'll be fine...

Re:Booze is the answer (1)

SparkleMotion88 (1013083) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039447)

Before anyone takes this recommendation seriously, I would like to point out that there are several ways that this particular activity (combining booze with skiing) can get you killed:
  1. (The obvious) Skiing involves high speeds and several people have gotten seriously hurt or killed even when there is no alcohol involved. Skiing while drunk is probably about as safe (for you and others) as driving while drunk.
  2. If you are a novice skiier on vacation somewhere at high altitude, you will experience altitude sickness and other issues related to the foreign climate. The biggest risk is that you can get seriously dehydrated without knowing it. Naturally, drinking alcohol will make you even more dehydrated and less able to tell that you are dehydrated. Drink lots of water/gatorade/etc and nothing else and your trip will be much more enjoyable.

In japanese martial arts, ... (3, Informative)

getuid() (1305889) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037007)

...people often hit against the floor with their arms and legs in the very moment of ground impact.

The reasoning behind this is "momentum conservation". Basically, the momentum of the whole body is split in the momentum of the torso+head (i.e. most vital parts) and the momentum of the extremities. While during the fall all parts of the body move downwards with approximately the same speed, in the moment of impact the falling person hits his arms/legs against the ground, this way giving them extra momentum downwards. By the laws of physics (specifically momentum conservation), this momentum has to come from somewhere. And that "somewhere" is torso+head, i.e. vital parts of the body get slower -- the slower, the harder one hits his arms/legs against the ground.

This basically saves from internal organ injuries at the expense of the outer extremities, which, in general, are more robust and less critical to survival.

There are three problems that should be solved with robots, if something similar is to be tried:

1) The extremities. Robots need outer extremities, and they should be rather massive -- the more massive, the more momentum they can generate.

2) The joints. Joints to outer extremities should unlock immediately in the moment of inpact in order not to transfer the vibrations of impact from the extremites through the joints to the rest.

3) Useful energy dissipation mechanisms in the extremities. The whole idea is not only that the robot "survives", but that it actually can continue playing after falling. Therefore the extremity is to be built in such a way, that it has some kind of soft, massive buffer, that can get deformed repeatedly on impact without braking (think of "sand sack", for example).

The more I think about it: why not anchor 3-4 sand weights to the robot's outer shell, and "shoot" them against the ground during the impact? Also make them automatically retractable at some point (maybe version 2.0? :-) by having strings attached to them, so that the robot can reuse them minutes later...

Re:In japanese martial arts, ... (1)

getuid() (1305889) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040259)

Useful energy dissipation mechanisms in the extremities.

...actually, this ought to work pretty tight:

    - equip the robots with a water tank (say 10-20% of their weight) under high pressure. The water tank should be inside the robot, somewhere central (for equal distribution of weight).

    - make a belt containing 5-10 small orrifices distribuited equally around the robot, that have direct link to the water tank and can be opened/closed electronically somewhere above "waist high" (mayber upper third).

    - equip the robot with gyroscope mechanisms (you can have those actually on a chip, for peanuts) detecting (a) when the robot is falling and (b) in which direction.

    - have 1-2 of the orifices which point from the robot's middle line towards the falling direction "shoot" out small amounts of water with very high pressure. The mass of the pulverized water gushing ouf of the robot at high speed ought to provide a good deal of momentum against the fall direction, breaking the robot's fall.

They should talk to Judokas (1)

meist3r (1061628) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037323)

I did that for a few month when I was younger. The test I had to take in order to get a yellow beginners belt consisted mainly of slamming yourself into the ground. All we basically did was fall down and roll around on the floor. Then again, I know so much more about child molesters now ...

Re:They should talk to Judokas (1)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 5 years ago | (#28041165)

so the North American Marlon Brando Look Alikes, knocked on your door and you fell down? Priceless.

Oh good (1)

Arimus (198136) | more than 5 years ago | (#28037671)

So not only do we have premier league footballers falling over at the slightest hint of getting a penalty we'll now have robots doing the same ;) but then they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...

Will we also have Vinny Jones soccerbots who learn just how to kick the opposition robot so it goes off injured without themselves being sent off?

Kinda like cats... (1)

tech_fixer (1541657) | more than 5 years ago | (#28038869)

It won't be long now until we say: "Oh, robots are so nimble, they always land on their feet, just like cats."

Ah yes ... the PLF (1)

Toad-san (64810) | more than 5 years ago | (#28039219)

Parachute Landing Fall. Humans have been doing that regularly for the past 60 years or so.

So send the robot to Jump School at Fort Benning; I'm sure they'll be glad to oblige. Just so it can do pushups ... thousands and thousands of pushups. That's a necessary prerequisite, you see.

Toad, Airborne Toad

PLF (1)

harl (84412) | more than 5 years ago | (#28040341)

"Another good strategy is to use a fall sequence consisting of several movements, so the falling body has several points of contact with the ground, spreading the energy of the impact over a large number of joints, rather than taking it all in one disastrous crunch."

This is called a parachute landing fall. The military and the skydiving community have been teaching it for decades.

Comparing soccerbots to soccer players... (1)

grikdog (697841) | more than 5 years ago | (#28041445)

Uh... real soccer players know how to fall. If another soccer player comes too close, drop, grab your knee and scream. Soccerbots will never be able to do that. No emo chips.

So they have learned to dive but ... (1)

Tired and Emotional (750842) | more than 5 years ago | (#28042521)

I won't be truly impressed until they learn how to bribe the referees.
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