Robot Playing Table Tennis

Posted on February 20, 2010  Comments (5)

This video shows the robot has a ways to go to become a decent ping pong opponent. But progress is being made. How soon before I can have fun competing with some robot basketball players?

TOPIO can play table tennis with human beings. It has a head, two hands and six legs. It can hit the ball, calculate scores and express feelings upon losing or winning a game. Four high-speed cameras help TOPIO identify the trajectory of the ball and accurately return shots. TOPIO knows how to hit an incoming ping pong ball when it has traveled only 20 cm from the opponents paddle.

The made-in-Vietnam robot TOPIO captured special attention at the International Robot Exhibition (IREX) held in Tokyo in late 2007.

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5 Responses to “Robot Playing Table Tennis”

  1. Alex
    March 1st, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

    Interesting. I was surprised this is made in Vietnam, the country I was born in. I take it from the video that this is just the beginning stage. Topio looks bulky. I didn’t see too much side to side movement. Can’t wait for Topio to be human like in the near future.

  2. khalid
    March 3rd, 2010 @ 7:20 pm

    Its a stupid idea having a robot playing a human being.Just imagine having robots playing you in football lol.You will see your grave before you know it.Let the robots play amongst themselves for god sake.

  3. mehdi
    March 8th, 2010 @ 4:18 am

    made in Vietnam !
    i love playing ping pong in beach Its a stupid idea having a robot playing a human
    i win allover

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