Stanford University students program robot to play ping pong

By Shawn Knight
Jul 21, 2015
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  1. Students at Stanford University have created a robot capable of playing ping pong. Forrest Gump, eat your heart out.

    The ping pong-playing robot came about as part of a class assignment. As explained in the clip, students in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory spend the first half of the class working on various assignments that apply what they’ve learned in a previous course. Then, the students get to select from a number of different robots, pick a task and code the robot to perform said task.

    Oussama Khatib, professor of computer science, notes that students used vision, tactile perception, force sensing and position sensing to create the demonstrations. Some of the other projects shown in the clip include a robot playing ball in a cup and another that catches objects thrown at it.

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  2. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 452   +180

    That robot has a long way to go to match Forrest Gump!
    SantistaUSA, cmbjive and wastedkill like this.
  3. Not to mention one of the industry leaders in the field of robotics, KUKA, has already programmed their robots to play against a professional as one of their marketing things the last few years, to show off its speed and precision.

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