World’s first robot table tennis tutor sets new Guinness World record

Feb 27, 2017 15:33 IST

FORPHEUS, the world’s first robot table tennis tutor has created a new Guinness World Record with its extraordinary technological intelligence and educational capabilities.

The Japanese technology has been given the Guinness title for being able to play table tennis way better than most humans.

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• FORPHEUS is short for Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonised automation with Sinic Theoretics.

• It has been developed by Omron Corporation, a leading electronics company based in Kyoto, Japan.

• According to its lead developer, Taku Oya, the main aim behind the technology is to harmonise humans and robots by teaching table tennis to human players.

• The machine is enabled to act as a coach with assistance from cutting edge vision and motion sensors that help it gage movement during a match.

• It also features several cameras that are located above the ping pong table, which monitor the position of the ball at a rate of 80 times per second.

• The cameras help the robot to show its human student a projected image as to where the ball will land when returned in order to help them improve their skills.

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• Further, a speed sensing component in the robot helps it calculate the opponent’s ball at 1000 times per second and as a result it is easily able to determine how good its opponents are at playing the game.

• The robot also encourages the human players to give their best shot by showing supportive messages along the LED screen situated on the tables net.

Talking further about the advancement in technology, Taku stated that though 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 is teaching a robot or a robot is developing a robot.

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