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Postby Mercer Boy » Tue Jun 07, 2005 12:43 pm

Hope it doesn't go haywire and throw the ball 200 mph! :-o

Pittsburgh Post Gazette wrote:Robot to throw out first pitch at Pirates-Orioles game tonight
Tuesday, June 07, 2005

By Corilyn Shropshire, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While Pirates pitcher Oliver Perez's job is in no danger, coaches and others who pitch batting practice before games could one day be relegated to the bench by a robot.

Meet the robots
The public can interact with these robots and others designed and produced at Carnegie Mellon University starting at 4 p.m. outside of the ballpark. At 6:45 p.m., PNC Park's Jumbotron will show a short film on the region's robotics industry.

A preview could come tonight, when the S-3 Platform Robot, built by Aliquippa-based RoPro Design and Beaver County Area Vocational Technical School, will deliver the first pitch as the Pirates square off against the Baltimore Orioles on "Robotics Night" at PNC Park.

The "first ever" robotic pitch is in conjunction with the Department of Defense's Joint Robotics meeting program, which will host more than 200 government employees working in the robotics field, in Pittsburgh today and tomorrow.

The S-3, which weighs about 200 pounds and resembles a small car, will be joined by a handful of other robots that will be on display on Federal Street prior to the game. These include the Sherpa DM, a heavy-duty robot made for the Army by Lawrenceville start-up Re2 Inc., and the Talon, which is made by a Boston firm and is being used by American troops in Iraq to disarm bombs.

"We want the public to be aware of the importance of the robotics industry to the region and see the neat products that are being developed locally," said Bill Thomasmeyer, president of the Lawrenceville-based National Center for Defense Robotics.

The S-3 will throw the first pitch to an honorary catcher, Tech. Sgt. Noel Murphy, an Air Force specialist who recently returned home from active duty overseas.
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Postby WharfRat » Tue Jun 07, 2005 1:50 pm

That's a great use of our tax dollars. A car that can throw a baseball. :-?

I wonder if it has a decent four-seamer?
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Postby beltrans_boy » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:15 pm

So what? It's a glorified batting cage.
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Postby Mercer Boy » Tue Jun 07, 2005 2:33 pm

beltrans_boy wrote:So what? It's a glorified batting cage.


Well, this one is kind of dumb...but those other robots seem sort of useful.

The S-3, which weighs about 200 pounds and resembles a small car, will be joined by a handful of other robots that will be on display on Federal Street prior to the game. These include the Sherpa DM, a heavy-duty robot made for the Army by Lawrenceville start-up Re2 Inc., and the Talon, which is made by a Boston firm and is being used by American troops in Iraq to disarm bombs.
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Postby catch22 » Tue Jun 07, 2005 3:01 pm

So its an overpriced wireless pitching machine that weighs 200.......good invention!
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Postby perlick29 » Tue Jun 07, 2005 4:13 pm

anyone else picturing the robot from rocky IV or johnny 5?
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Tue Jun 07, 2005 5:53 pm

WharfRat wrote:That's a great use of our tax dollars. A car that can throw a baseball. :-?

I wonder if it has a decent four-seamer?

You'll be commenting on how great it was that we made a bunch of robo cops and crime went down. :-D
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Postby go_jays_go » Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:11 pm

CubsFan7724 wrote:
WharfRat wrote:That's a great use of our tax dollars. A car that can throw a baseball. :-?

I wonder if it has a decent four-seamer?

You'll be commenting on how great it was that we made a bunch of robo cops and crime went down. :-D


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Postby acsguitar » Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:19 pm

Wow a giant pitching machine...blah
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Postby Sticky Spice » Tue Jun 07, 2005 7:04 pm

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