Cheerleading Robots Bring Ballpark Atmosphere To Your Cell Phone
Move over cheerleaders, because the Hanwah Eagles' FanBots may be coming for your jobs.
Despite a less than impressive record, the Korean baseball team boasts some of the most committed fans in the league. So committed in fact, that even when they can't make it to the stadium itself they want to be able to make their presence felt. That's why the team has just unveiled a gang of robotic cheerleaders who can bring that ballpark atmosphere to fans no matter where they are.
Sporting the iconic Orange jerseys of their team, the cheerleading robots are able to hold up LED signs which display fans' messages of support and can even display the faces of some of the Eagle's most hardcore fans. While they may be seen as something of a novelty by most fans, others are appreciative of the way the Fanbots will let them interact with their team.
"I like the fact that I can send messages even when I am not in the ballpark or not watch the game on TV," said Eagles fan Kim Seung-Bi. "I am proud of being an Eagles fan as the club has pioneered the world's first all-digital cheerleading troops."
With the price of season tickets for sports most popular teams on the rise, gimmicks such as FanBots could serve as an attractive option for teams looking to cash in on fans outside of ballparks Charging for the ability to display your message or view the action from a FanBot's perspective are just a few of the ways teams like the Eagles can take advantage of technology in the future. And, with a Robot Olympics on the cards for 2020, it looks like the worlds of sports and robotics are about to become that little bit closer to each other.