FORPHEUS, A Japanese Robot That Teaches People How To Play Table Tennis

February 28, 2017


This is a video demonstration of FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics, okaaaaay), a robot developed by Taku Oya that was just recognized by the Guinness Book Of World Records as the first robot table tennis tutor. It uses AI to assess the skill level of its opponent and play accordingly. It can also offer tips and provide encouragement via an LED messaging system on its net. It cannot retrieve balls that hit the floor or make a fridge run for Sunny-D. You know I used to have one of those ping pong tables that had one end that folded up, so I could just play against the wall, which is handy when you don't have any friends. I never won.

Keep going for a video demonstration, as well as a short film about a a father who learns how to play table tennis with his daughter to strengthen their relationship.

Thanks to blue16, who informed me if you want some serious table tennis skills you should sell your soul to the devil for them. Wait, what?!

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