Olympics 2022: Robotic Curling Hits the Ice

The robot, designed by inventors at the Harbin Institute of Technology, helps teams refine plays on the ice

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

February 4, 2022

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The Winter Olympics Curling events start Friday bringing IoT tech right to the sport with a robotic curling coach.

The robot, designed by inventors at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), helps teams refine plays on the ice using a combination of AI, image recognition and an automatic control system. It can simulate the curling throwing process, while also helping athletes understand possible game situations before they happen. 

The robot was launched in 2019 at the Curling Artificial Intelligence Challenge held at HIT. Developed by the Department of Control Science and Engineering with the latest AI and robot technology, the robotic coach will be unveiled at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Ahead of the Olympic games, developers from HIT demonstrated the robots, which also competed in curling competitions against professional athletes to show off their skills.

The robotic curling coach isn’t the only IoT technology on display at this year’s Winter Games >>> Olympics 2022: IoT at the Winter Games


About the Author(s)

Liz Hughes

Editor, IoT World Today, IoT World Today

Liz Hughes is an award-winning digital media editor with more than two decades of experience in newspaper, magazine and online media industries. 

A proven digital media strategist and editor, Liz has produced content and offered editorial support and leadership for a variety of web publications, including Fast Company, NBC Boston, Street Fight, QuinStreet, WTWH Media, AOL/Patch Media and Design News.

A skilled social media strategist experienced in developing and maintaining an audience across multiple platforms and brands, Liz also enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses small and large.

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