WATCH: Basketball Robot Effortlessly Drains Half-Court Shot at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

by Amy Myers

It’s no shock that Japan is one of the leading nations in technology, but no one expected a basketball-star robot to walk out on the court in the midst of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. According to U.S. News, Japan holds the No. 1 ranking (or should we say, takes the gold medal) for technology expertise. So, with hosting such an important event like the Olympics, the nation had to have some sort of technological spectacle in store. Still, that doesn’t take away from the impressive performance that the (admittedly terrifying-looking) robot gave during the men’s basketball game between Teams U.S.A. and France.

Meet Cue3, the seven-foot-tall robot whose free throws—though a little slow—make it into the net every time. During the halftime show on Sunday during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Cue3 made his debut as he rolled out onto the court. His motions were so fluid and natural that at first, it seemed like a guy on roller skates and an intricate costume, rather than a real, animatronic robot.

Once Cue3 grabbed a ball though, we saw that he needed to think a moment before landing a shot. The robot even bent his knees before he finally tossed the ball. And just like that, Cue3 hit a three-pointer with nothing but net.

Cue3 Robot Steals Spotlight at 2020 Tokyo Olympics Basketball Game

Cue3 wasn’t done showing off his skills once he landed the three-pointer, though. Next, he took basketball from the rack and backed up to half-court during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Once again, Cue3 lined up the shot, bent his knees (or whatever you would call them for a robot) and let the ball soar through the air. Once again, it was a perfect shot. But Cue3 already knew that.

Perhaps just as impressive as the actual shots were the robot’s lifelike movements. The positioning of his hands, the extension of his legs and his overall form were like something out of an NBA game. Not to mention, Cue3 isn’t that much taller than most NBA stars—the average player being just six inches shorter.

And, from how the rest of the game between the U.S. and France played out, we could have used Cue3 on our side. France beat Team U.S.A. 83 to 76, the men’s first Olympic loss since 2004. Although, we still have a shot at redemption. The men’s basketball team has two games left in group play in the 2020 Toyko Olympics.

On Wednesday, Team U.S.A. faces off against Iran. On Saturday, we play the Czech Republic. Hopefully, by then, we’ll have taken a page out of Cue3’s playbook. Though we might not have the same accuracy as the robot, we can certainly learn from his immaculate form and well-earned confidence.