A couple of years earlier, I wrote about RoboCup here.
Scott Patterson of The Wall Street Journal reminds us that there won't be any more Aibos for RoboCup. "In January, Sony pulled the plug on the Aibo Entertainment Robot line. The robots, which cost about $2,000, weren't profitable. That means no more new Aibos and no more dog-robot teams." More from his article —
In June, more than 100 teams will square off in Bremen, Germany, for the 10th-annual RoboCup World Championship. The competition will coincide with the human World Cup, which is being held in Germany at the same time.
...RoboCup has caught on with teams from nations as diverse as Germany and Iran. Eight separate robot categories include "small-size" and "four-legged." The tournament has also helped inspire other advances in artificial-intelligence research. For example, a related competition uses search-and-rescue robots that emergency personnel are testing in disaster situations like earthquakes.