• Jan 27, 2010
Castrol Soccer Robot – Click above to watch the video after the break

Our compatriots over at Engadget brought an interesting little tidbit to our attention today in the form of a soccer ball-kicking robot. What's that got to do with obsessively covering the auto industry, you ask? Simple. This robot was sponsored by the oil-loving lads at Castrol.

Ostensibly designed to outkick the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo (who can reportedly kick a soccer ball at speeds measuring 130 kilometers per hour, or about 80 miles per hour), we kinda think the robot was built just for the heck of it. What, you ask, makes us think that?

For starters, have you seen the size of this thing? Not only does it sport a rider on top, it also rises via what appear to be four hydraulic legs. Plus, we think we see a truck axle holding the kicking leg in place. So, now to the real question: Does it beat our man Ronaldo? You'll have to click past the break to find out.

[Source: Engadget]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      I think I hurt myself laughing at your headline.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That'll come in handy for high school soccer practice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would hate to be the goalkeeper against that thing, but I'd love to see some brave futballer attempt it. Let's see the that robot kick PKs against Ricardo or Buffon!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was expecting the ball to go launching into the air at ludicrous speed and quickly fade off into the distance. They need to make a video with the ball positioned just a little further ahead so that this can become a reality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Glad to see their R&D Department is busy...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why? Stupid waste!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol. That was awesome when the leg from the "blocker" went flying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But why?

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I see nothing robotic about it, unless you call earth mover a robotic shovel.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's a Chuck Norris joke in there somewhere...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!"