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Linux-powered robots are flocking to Atlanta this week to compete in the Robocup scientific competition. The eleventh annual event has attracted at least two Linux-based designs aiming to replace Sony's Aibo as the de facto hardware platform for standard Robocup league play.
Robocup organizers say that in more than a decade, robotic soccer has evolved considerably. Players reportedly now move quickly, have little difficulty finding and shooting the ball, and can even show signs of teamwork.
Quite a few scientific teams competing in Robocup have traditionally built their robots on top of Sony's AIBO (artificial intelligence bot) platform, a canid design with an open API (application programming interface). However, Sony announced in January of 2006 that it would discontinue AIBO.