Ping-Pong Supermatch: Robot Vs. Human

Submitted by: fancylad 3 weeks ago in Tech


Omron’s ping-pong playing robot Forpheus uses AI to judge its opponent’s skill level and adjusts its own playing level to match it. It flashes inspiring messages on the LED screen on its net, so it’s just like playing with a nice, encouraging friend who’s really good at table tennis.
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Male 6,078
Host is swoon-worthy. Just had to add that.
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Male 4,657
squrlz4ever Ah yes, an Asian flower, all warm and dewy like.
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Male 6,078
trimble Not only is she pretty, charming, and smart, she's also creative. She publishes a comic strip called As per Usual.
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Male 514
If there is one thing I’m slightly above average at, it’s ping pong.  I’m confident I’d crush that bucket of bolts.
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Male 6,493
A wall is far harder to beat at ping pong than this robot and a whole lot cheaper
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Male 269
I’ll be back!

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Male 748
Meh, I wanted to see it playing to win against someone extremely skilled.  I suspect it would have a very hard time tracking how much spin was put on the ball.
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Male 738
muert Yeah, I was gonna mention spin, too, but you beat me to it! Can't really see the spin in a ping-pong ball, except by anticipating it from the opponent's racket movement.
I guess the robot could counter it by using a friction-less paddle...
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Male 755
muert Millions spent so a robot can not play ping-pong very well. Woooo...
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Male 2,123
This proves what? That computers are better at predicting spatial paths and speeds that humans are? Wow, what a news flash! Still, the message that Omron was actually trying to convey (what computers and robotics are capable of) does come through loud and clear. Pretty neat, and I wouldn't mind a try against it myself.
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