This 'record-holding' robot teaches humans to play table tennis

Oct 06, 2017
A robot has been manufactured with all the capabilities of playing table tennis better than most humans. FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics), manufactured by Omron Technologies, holds the Guinness World Records title for being the First robot table tennis tutor for teaching humans to play the sport and possesing unique technological intelligence. [iframe width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ive4sKkpCqs"] Taku Oya, lead developer of FORPHEUS, said that the project was to bring humans and robots close to each by teaching the game of table tennis to human beings. It features several cameras which are placed above the table which monitors the position of the ball at a speed of 80 times per second. One of the challenging part of FORPHEUS was to determine the algorithms required for artificial intelligence that would assist the robot in determining how well humans will play the sport. Once the perfect computation was made, the robot became a full tutor aftera matter of designing a component which could calculate speed. The part can calculate the opponent's ball at one thousand times per second. One of the stand-out features of FORPHEUS is that it makes the players to show how good by showing messages along the LED screen situated on the table's net. “At the moment it is a human who teaches a robot how to behave or teach,” but in the next 20 years it may be possible that a robot teaches a robot or a robot develops a robot,” Taku said.

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