A ping pong robot at CES 2019 made me wonder: Could I go pro?

CNET | 1/11/2019 | Katie Collins
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Just your friendly arachnid ping pong robot.

I finally realized I could've been a professional ping pong player. But tragically, it's too late for me now.

Reason - Ping - Pong - Skills - Thanks

I have good reason to believe in my ping pong skills, thanks to Forpheus, a robot I met this week at CES in Las Vegas. Made by Omron, Forpheus first appeared at CES last year to show off its ping pong prowess. It's back this year with an expanded range of movement and enhanced prediction skills.

When I tell people I played ping pong with a robot this week, the first thing they ask is: "Did you win?" I tell them that winning isn't really the point. Though if we'd kept score, I probably did.

Aim - Forpheus - Game - Robot - Sensors

The whole aim of Forpheus is to coach you on improving your game. The robot uses sensors on your bat (aka paddle) and four cameras to work out where you are and how you're moving. It plays using a multi-axis robotic arm that can mimic human tactics such as topspin. Feedback arrives via voice and on a screen, which offers tips about posture, positioning and swing. After just a five-minute session, I was wondering where Forpheus had been all my life.

That's because following our tutorial, Forpheus told me that skill-wise I was 48 percent similar to an elite professional player. I know what you're thinking -- 48 percent isn't that...
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