The Ever-Evolving AI Basketball Playing Robot, “CUE”!The Ever-Evolving AI Basketball Playing Robot, “CUE”!

January 6, 2022

The Ever-Evolving AI Basketball Robot, CUE!

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CUE was originally developed by Toyota volunteers in their free time as an AI basketball-playing robot in 2017. Since then, CUE had been steadily increasing its shooting rate and distance, and participated in the three-point shootout in the B. League All-Star Game in January 2020. (Please refer to the development diaries of CUE for more details). In the summer of 2021, CUE also participated in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, which was a dream of the CUE development team, and demonstrated a long shot from half court and dribbling, surprising many people from all over the world. CUE and the members of its development team were featured on the TV program Car & Future1 by Aichi Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. Please take time to watch the video clip (The video is available until 0:00, January 1, 2030).

History of CUE’s development (as of March 17, 2022)

April 1, 2017
The CUE project started as a voluntary activity.
March 28, 2018
The first generation CUE debuted at the home games of the Alvark Tokyo.
May 1, 2018
The CUE project decided to continue as an official task.
November 24, 2018
The second generation CUE2 debuted at the home games of the Alvark Tokyo.
April 10, 2019
The third generation CUE3 debuted at the home games of the Alvark Tokyo. Its related clips recorded over 30 million views worldwide.
May 17, 2019
CUE3 sets a Guinness World RecordsTM: "Most consecutive basketball free throws by a humanoid robot (assisted)―2,020."
November 16, 2019
The fourth generation CUE4 debuted at the home games of the Alvark Tokyo.
January 18, 2020
CUE4 participated in the three-point shootout in the B. League All-Star Game.
May 10, 2020
CUE4 won the BREAK THE BORDER AWARD2 for the B.LEAGUE AWARD SHOW 2019-20.
July 25-August 8, 2021
The fifth-generation CUE5 debuted and showcased its skills during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
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CUEs played against professional and college basketball players in several TV programs.

References

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Airing every Thursday from 22:58 (JST) on Aichi Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd. Available in Aichi, Gifu, and Mie prefectures in Japan (as of the end of March 2022).
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The award given to activities that contribute to the Japan basketball industry through efforts that break the borders of existing mindsets.

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