OMRON's AI-powered robot is a table tennis champion

OMRON's table tennis robot could take the 2020 Olympics to the next level.

Published Sun, Oct 8 2017 10:49 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:53 AM CST

OMRON has been making a table tennis robot for a while now, with the AI-powered future table tennis champion dubbed FORPHEUS in its fourth-generation state now able to use its new companion robot arm that throws the ball up in the air so that it can serve.

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This means that FORPHEUS is a great trainer and/or opponent for would-be table tennis players, with the fourth-gen robot featuring a display on both sides of the "net" that display players' status.

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There's also a three-camera system that faces the human player that is built into the main body, and a bat that is driven by three arms and a 5-axis motor.

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All of this is run by a huge motion controller computer that is behind the stage.

OMRON isn't offering its table tennis robot up as a product just yet, as it's more of a showcase of OMRON's mechanical and automation technology.


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