Robotic Actuator Table That Can Manipulate Objects Around Its Surface

December 5, 2017

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This is a video demonstration of a robotic table created by company Intelligent Actuator and recently on display at the 2017 International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo, Japan. It uses a bunch of actuators to move the table's surface and manipulate objects. In this case, soccer balls. Pretty handy if you want to move balls around your table, but until it can slide a beer from one end to the other without spilling, it's useless to me. "Sex table." Okay, now that's enough out of you.

Keep going for the video demonstration.

Thanks to Jeff D, who agrees it could work as a massage table, but only if you want all your bones broken.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Yes, yes, that's all fine and good, but can you have sex with it?

  • Bling Nye

    It's not a matter of "can" but a matter of "should". Of course you can have sex with it. Should you? Maybe. Are you ok with sloppy seconds?

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    I'm not good enough for seconds. I stop counting my place in line because it just gets too depressing.

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  • kodama

    It can also predict your life expectancy.

  • GeneralDisorder

    By predict you mean it can influence your life expectancy?

    Edit: and by influence I mean "it'll get ya dead".

  • Doog

    It would be cool if they could pop the ball up and catch it, with like an elevated basket of actuators, where it lands.

    Also wouldn't smaller actuators allow for more control over the movements of the balls?

  • Ollie Williams

    I think we're all in agreement that more control over the movement of the balls is a common goal.

  • Doog

    I would hope so.

    Would smaller/more actuators give you more control though? I legit don't know anything about these, but just based on the video it seems that it would dramatically impact your control while also making the 'programming' far more complicated.

  • Ollie Williams

    Sorry. I was making a testicle joke. Too subtle, I guess.

  • Doog

    Oh man I'm just slow today. Bling Nye's comment makes a lot more sense now also.

  • Bling Nye

    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Bling Nye

    That's nuts!

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