That valuable father-son time could potentially be taken over by a robot. Disney created one that can play catch, and do it in a creepily human-like way.
The robot uses an external camera system to follow the ball. Then it uses a mathematical algorithm to predict where the ball will go. Meanwhile, it’s “eyes” follow the ball just as a person’s would. It has a padded palm to catch the ball more easily, though sometimes it does miss. When the unfortunate ball misses its target, the robot “looks” where the ball fell and shakes its head. And if you want to rent him out for parties, this robot juggles too.
Since this is Disney we’re talking about, you can expect this guy to eventually make his way to Epcot or one of their other theme parks. So at least for now, you can keep up those games of catch yourself.