Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair

With all the recent talk of AI posing existential risks to humanity and our privacy, Japanese company Omron is taking a softer, more innocuous approach. Specifically, with its table tennis robot Forpheus, which strives to pursue “harmony of humans and machines” by patiently teaching us how to play ping-pong. Although ping-pong ball-pitching machines like TrainerBot exist, Forpheus can actually live up to the feeling of playing against a real opponent. First introduced in 2014, the fourth generation of Forpheus (easier to remember than “Future Omron Robotics technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic theoretics”) was recently displayed at the CEATEC trade show last week. The updated machine adds a companion... Continue reading…

Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair

A ping-pong-playing robot served up a hit at a top Tokyo tech fair Monday, while a barely-moving machine in the shape of a sloth aimed to provide a relaxing change of pace.

Mon 2 Oct 17 from Phys.org

This AI robot will strengthen your ping-pong skills and your relationship with your daughter

With all the recent talk of AI posing existential risks to humanity and our privacy, Japanese company Omron is taking a softer, more innocuous approach. Specifically, with its table ...

Mon 9 Oct 17 from The Verge

Ping Pong-Playing Bot Can Serve, Smash

Robot revolution, robot schmevolution: If a ping-pong-playing android can’t even return a smash from an Olympic competitor, how are cyborgs going to take over the world? Developed by Japan’s ...

Mon 9 Oct 17 from Geek.com

The Morning After: Monday, October 9th 2017

Hey, good morning! Welcome to your week! Over the weekend, we mention a few ghosts from smartphone past, we pour one out for the end of AIM, and there's the return of our robotic ...

Mon 9 Oct 17 from Engadget

OMRON's updated ping pong robot can serve and take smashes

It's CEATEC, so I knew OMRON would once again bring out its massive table tennis robot to belittle us humans, but what I didn't expect was a significant performance jump this ...

Sun 8 Oct 17 from Engadget

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