It’s come to this.
The Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization have created fan robots called ‘Fanbots’ to cheer on their team alongside their human fans.
And it’s one part brilliant and one part creepy as hell.
The club designed the fan robots for all the hardcores who can’t make the game but still want to show their support.
People can send photos of their faces, and messages to an application, which then uploads their face onto the robot and streams the messages on massive LED screens for everyone in the stadium to see.
Yes, this is a little odd, but I think it’s a great way to engage social media savvy fans who connect best with their club online.
Do I think this would fly in North America? No.
People would be beyond weirded-out sitting near a robot with some dude’s face on it, holding up a screen with “Go Jays Go” on it.
But it’s always cool to see leagues around the world experimenting with how fans can interact with their team.
Just don’t tell me real fans do the wave, especially when it’s the robots getting the wave going.
(Thanks to For The Win for unearthing this gem.)