Robo Cup 2012

Here is an interesting article about the international Robo Cup and the advances that have been made in robotics that can be tied directly to the competition.  It also brings up some issues related to the reason for “play” engineering.  Basically, the thesis is that competitions such as this, the fire fighting robot, and the micro mouse competitions, among others provide a proving ground to solve engineering problems in a concrete manner.  In addition, the tasks themselves are fun which allow for non-technical and semi-technical people to appreciate the events.  I fully support using “play” engineering as a proving grounds and idea factories to solve real-world problems.

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