Dude… is that a Robot?

As our “future” rapidly creeps into our “today,” we’re posed with head scratchers like this:

PhillieBot, the one-armed, three-wheeled robot, designed by Gozer worshipers engineers at the University of Pennsylvania, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday’s game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers.

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The spectacle is part of Science Day festivities at Citizens Bank Park, said Evan Lerner, a spokesman for Penn’s engineering school.

First of all, I’m almost positive that this is not to commemorate “Science Day.”  No.  It’s to bug out the stoners on 4/20.  That much is obvious.

So what can this thing do?

After the press of a button, the robot’s mechanical arm reared back and then moved toward home plate; at the top of its delivery, it flicked its mechanical “wrist” and shot the ball forward.

The ball appeared to be traveling no more than 30 or 40 miles an hour, the Inquirer reported. But that was by design, since the Phillies didn’t want the pitch approaching Major League speeds.

So… you’re saying these Doc Brown wannabes “could” have amped this baby up, Tim Allen style, but chose not too.  I guess that’s believable, considering they built this baby in their spare time.  That’s right – time otherwise spent socializing, partying and getting laid.

In related news, the Tampa Bay Rays kicked off Fan Appreciation Day with one of those baking soda volcanoes from 7th grade.

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