Because its own professional baseball team is not allowed to use human cheerleaders during the pandemic, Softbank programmed one hundred of its “Pepper” robots into a chearleeder troop and thus made it into the Guiness Book.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Japanese professional baseball team “Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks” has to do without its cheerleaders. So the Japanese software specialist returned to its core competency and quickly retrained its “Pepper” robots to become chearleaders. The cheering robots celebrated their debut at a game of the Nippon Professional Baseball League in Fukuoka on March 26, 2021. In the beginning there were just 5 robots, from then on there were more with each game and with the start of the official game season 2021 the team became Supported by a cheering troop of one hundred robots with dancing and cheering. The world’s largest robot cheerleading troupe even broke a world record and made it into the Guiness Book.
Because of the corona restrictions, Softbank had already used the first robots to support baseball games the year before. As early as June 2020, the empty grandstands were occupied by robot spectators so that the fans at home could enjoy at least a bit of stadium atmosphere in front of the screens.
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