A robot tailored to shoot hoops. It's sponsored by Intuitive Surgical, maker of robotic devices designed to perform specialized surgery in place of medical teams. The spiral mechanism of the robot includes a conveyer belt that buoys and shoots Nerf balls from the top of the bot.
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