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What if there was a Robot cheering for those fans?
July 30, 2014 12:17 PM   Subscribe

The Hanwha Eagles, a much beleaguered South Korean major league baseball team have introduced Fanbots, jersey-clad robots who lead cheers, display messages (and selfies where the robot would otherwise have a blank screen) sent in from fans at home, and generally stand in for fans who aren't there.

Check out the video at the bottom of the screen - it tells Eagle fans how to have the Robots cheer on their behalf.
posted by julen (13 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
They're at the top of the standings in the Uncanny Valley league.
posted by gimonca at 12:24 PM on July 30


Step one: the entire arena is completely enclosed and populated by telepresence robot fans and athletes, a sort of Dyson Stadium.
Step two: we simulate the entire arena so that nobody can tell the difference, and we stop building these pointless monstrosities everywhere.
posted by phooky at 12:27 PM on July 30 [5 favorites]


It's only a matter of time before this reaches Cleveland.
posted by jonmc at 12:29 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


This is deeply wrong.
posted by doctor_negative at 12:32 PM on July 30


Are we sure this isn't a joke?
posted by dilaudid at 12:34 PM on July 30


Meanwhile US sports robot technology is limited to a CGI robot that spends most of its time doing push ups and running in place like it's warming up to be ready to go in when the coach says so.

I feel like this difference says a lot about both societies.
posted by Copronymus at 12:42 PM on July 30


Meanwhile US sports robot technology is limited to a CGI robot that spends most of its time doing push ups and running in place like it's warming up to be ready to go in when the coach says so.

God I hate that fucking robot.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 12:45 PM on July 30 [2 favorites]


His name is "Cleatus", if you needed a reason to hate him more.
posted by Earthtopus at 1:31 PM on July 30


Not creepy at all. No.

Interesting that this has a dual purpose. Fans who couldn't be bothered to come to the game can be "represented" anyway, and during dull spots the Fanbots can do the wave to get flesh fans going again. Kind of like a mascot, except there's three rows of them and they're wearing other people's faces.
posted by Kevin Street at 1:44 PM on July 30


Baseball has gotten so boring, they have to have robo-fans in the seats.
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 3:07 PM on July 30


Meanwhile US sports robot technology is limited to a CGI robot

It's a live performer in a suit.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:05 PM on July 30


As soon as I heard this on the radio this morning, I couldn't help but make up robot cheers all the way home. Like:

2-4-6-8
Exterminate! Exterminate!
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posted by julen at 4:19 PM on July 30 [3 favorites]


Do you know what's really creepy? Sooner or later, some of the fans will start passing away, from natural or other causes. And then those robots will be still there, cheering the baseball team on, wearing the faces of dead people.
posted by happyroach at 7:00 PM on July 30


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