Cheering robots replace real fans at Korean baseball stadium
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A struggling Korean baseball team have invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches - by bringing in a crowd of robot fans.
Hanwha Eagles supporters not able to get to the stadium can control the robot over the internet.
The bots can cheer, chant and perform a Mexican wave - but presumably not invade the pitch.
While the robots supporting Hanwha will be dismissed as a gimmick by most diehard fans of any sport, there are other, more serious attempts to help more people experience matches.
Continue reading the main story“Start QuoteThe days have gone where people are completely engrossed in the match”
Matt CutlerSportBusiness International
As part of Japan's unsuccessful bid for the 2022 World Cup, the country said it hoped to re-create live matches using holographic technology in other locations. It would mean, in theory, that several stadiums full of fans could be watching the same match at once.
Development on the technology was halted when Japan lost its bid, with Fifa instead choosing Qatar to host the 2022 tournament.
Independent experts were sceptical the virtual reality plan could have ever worked - but praised the ambition.