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

OMRON's table tennis robot could take the 2020 Olympics to the next level
By: Anthony Garreffa | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Oct 9, 2017 3:49 am

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.




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.




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.




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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