The Osaka Institute of Technology
has created a humanoid robot
The robot which is almost as tall as a man - between 1.30 m and 1.60 m - has been designed with the aim of playing football.
It made its first appearance at the Japanese 2010 Robocup
JoiTech has 22 degrees of freedom.
It doesn't run on the ground for now, but walks and hits the ball with a nice style. (See our photo montage above.)
The ultimate goal of applied robotics in sport and particularly soccer is to be able to create humanoid robots like JoiTech which will be capable of running after the ball, making passes and moving quickly.
We're still not quite there yet but the revolution is underway. And soon it'll be running! :-)