This video shows digital animation, not real drones playing soccer during quarantine


In a viral video, which has garnered nearly 2,000 views, two drones fly through the air and play football. Although the designer responsible for the video said it was an animated clip, many social media users seemed to have missed the caption and assumed it was the real deal.

In what could be called an aerial match, two drones pass a large ball while flying near a high-rise building. Skillfully hitting the ball, the two drones continue the relay for a moment as someone seemingly films from afar.

Sharing the unusual video on Twitter, IAS officer Awanish Sharan joked, “The ‘machine’ is playing football outside after the kids are ‘busy’ on their ‘mobile’.”

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While some lamented that kids these days can’t play outside, others marveled at the technology. “It’s a great technological product, training a drone to play football is no joke.”

However, according to Snopes, the video is animated and was created by visual effects and 3D artist Hamid Ebrahimnia. “Drone pilots playing in quarantine,” the Tehran-based artist wrote while sharing the original clip in February 2021 on Instagram. “I did all the animations in Cinema4D, tracked in Mocha, and composited in After Effects,” he added.

Although this video turned out to be animated, there have been instances where robots have mastered things that humans are capable of and one of the prime examples of this is the humanoid Sophia, who even once confessed what The favorite actor was none other than Shah Rukh Khan.

Earlier in 2020, a video showing four Boston Dynamics robots performing a fully choreographed dance with intricate movements to The Contours’ iconic hit ‘Do you love me’ took social media by storm.

Last year, in a step forward, one of the robots developed by MIT and acquired by Hyundai even mastered a dance by BTS, the South Korean septet known for their intricate choreography. A robot called Spot even had a dance-off with the two main dancers of the groupwho are the global ambassadors of the automaker.

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