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Incredible ping pong-playing robot earns Guinness World Record

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Guinness World Records has recognized a robot with a unique ability: a machine called FORPHEUS is officially the first robot table tennis tutor.

The contraption, which holds a ping pong paddle and can play against and even teach a human, taps artificial intelligence to determine the ability of its opponent.

It uses two vision sensors to keep a robotic eye on the ball, as well as a movement sensor that focuses on the human player s movement.

Cameras over the table keep track of the ball s position at a rate of 80 times a second.

Omron s mission is a future where humans and machines harmonise together, Tako Oya, the lead developer of the project at Omron Corporation, said in a video about the machine.

So to achieve this we produced a robot that can play table tennis.

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