27 Feb 2017

After a little one on one coaching? Your own private trainer might be on the horizon. 

by Wade Townsend

A robot named FORPHEUS is the Guinness World Record holder for First Robot Table Tennis Tutor and is hardwired to improve your game.

Using an unorthodox double handed backhand and forehand technique, FORPHEUS will gauge your skill level and alter its play accordingly.

The robot can also indicate precisely where the ball will be returned, guiding the human to sharpen up their skills.

Motivational messages will display on the net if you start feeling a bit lacklustre because you’re losing to an assemblage of aluminium cans.

With poker pros recently losing to an AI program called Libratus, how long will it be before a robot can be mix it with the best in table tennis?

“At the moment it is a human who teaches a robot how to behave or teach. But in the next 20 years it may be possible that a robot teaches a robot or a robot develops a robot.” Taku Oya (Lead Developer)

Terminator 6: Rise of the Table Tennis Tutor…

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