Germany unveil secret weapon before Euro 2008

Goalias is a robot goalkeeper invented by the Stuttgart University automation institute (IAS).Lehmann and Kahn now have some serious competition.
Players from first-division side VfB Stuttgart, including Germany team player Mario Gomez, tried last week to outwit Goalias, shooting indoors at a full-size goal mouth from 11 metres out. Scientists have since fine-tuned Goalias and it can hold every second kick from Mario Gomez.
The robot uses three video cameras to calculate the ball’s trajectory and move a plastic keeper figure on a rail left or right to block it, all within 400 milliseconds.
Goalias’ weak point: it could still be fooled by some hard curving shots with plenty of spin.More on that story here…

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