April 27, 2012
Humanoid Robot “Hubo” To Throw Out First Pitch At Saturday’s Phillies Vs. Cubs Game As Part Of The 2nd Annual Science Night At The Ballpark
Last year’s Science Festival featured a Science Day at the Ballpark event showcasing the physics of baseball during which a robot from the University of Pennsylvania’s General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab threw out the game’s first pitch at Citizens Bank Park.
This year the festival is bringing back the event but in an even more exciting way: it’sScience Night at the Ballpark tomorrow, April 28, and this year a humanoid robot named Hubo modified specially for the Science Fest will throw out the first ball prior to the 7:05 Phillies vs. Cubs game.
Hubo, one of seven in a “family” of humanoid robots residing at Drexel, was modified by Drexel Engineering students over the last two months, receiving new programming code and a custom-build pitching arm. And an awesome Phillies hat. So clutch.
The four-foot-tall Hubo is full actuated, which means that he has similar joints and movement capabilities to that of a human, including arms, legs and hands with fully functional fingers and an opposable thumb.
The name is a clever reference to Hugo, the famous automaton recently brought to the forefront of popular culture thanks to the bestselling children’s novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the Oscar nominated film Hugo. The Franklin Institute, a partner in the Science Festival, is home to one of these amazing “boy machines” so you can see one for yourself!
Check out another photo of Hubo, below.
Science Night at the Ballpark
When: Saturday, April 28
Where: Citizens Bank Park, Citizens Bank Way and Pattison Avenue
Cost: Tickets are sold out; try (215) 463-5000 ext. 5111 for last-minute cancellations
More info: www.philasciencefestival.org