You Can't Hustle Me!: A Pool-Playing Robot
Note: Video is after the jump because I know you're gonna launch the cue ball off the table breaking and I can't have it rolling around loose on the front page.
The PR2 from Willow Garage might look pleasant enough, but it's a serious pool-playing machine. It doesn't use any fancy human remote-control cameras to play its perfect game of pool. Instead, it uses a set of high-resolution cameras with a "color blob tracker", and special software to plan its shots.
Oh yeah, robot? Well you're not the only one who can plan shots! Check it: bourbon, bourbon, vodka, bourbon, bourbon, vodka, bourbon! Just sayin', I'm already planning eight shots ahead. Robot technology can't f*** with me!
Hit the jump for a video of PR2 in action.
robots start playing pool and hustling humans [technabob]
Thanks to gancos and Michael, who would chalk that bitch in the eyes and then take his knees out with a cue.