posted at 20:50
Author: Kari Paul
Korean Baseball Team Unveils Robot Avatars for Absent Fans
A Korean baseball team that's down on its luck has found a new way to fill seats at games: robot fans. The Hanwha Eagles recently unveiled robot proxies called "Fanbots," which enable fans to watch and cheer at games remotely. Based in the city of Daejeon, the Eagles have lost more than 400 games in the last five years, according to the BBC, but persistent fans have earned the nickname "Stone Buddhas" for their steadfast commitment to the team. The Eagles wanted to find a way to harness their considerable online support, and translate it into real-life games by filling more stadium seats. "What if there was a robot cheering for those fans?". The "World's first cheering robots" fill three rows of the stadium, and wear Eagles baseball caps and jerseys. The robots even encourage real-life fans in the stadium to cheer "At important moments" in the game, according to the YouTube video. "I am proud of being an Eagles fan, as the club has pioneered the world's first all-digital cheerleading troops."

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