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The world's first smart ping pong robot wants to turn you into a champion

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With a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign now underway, Digital Trends picked up a paddle and got a harsh lesson in how calculated this bot truly is.

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Designed and co-founded by brothers Alexander and Harrison Chen, each of which left Taiwan and studied at different universities in California and Toronto, Trainerbot was born out of frustration.

Irritated by a lack of suitable and consistent opponents to keep improving, they figured a robot could step in instead.

That s why the Trainerbot functions more like a smart batting cage than app-based practice trackers from the likes of Zepp Labs and 94Fifty that measure the mechanics of swinging a golf club, bat, racquet or shooting a basketball.

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The app will be free for iOS and Android, and interestingly, both will be updated simultaneously because of the unified code they re using.

Assuming the co-founders address the issues we noted, it s a robot we can see making some players better.

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