KUKA robot versus Tim Boll

By | February 18, 2014

First, robots defeated man in chess.

Second, robots defeated man in the game of Jeopardy.

Third, robots proved to man that they can be better drivers.

Now, they will get the chance to best man in the game of ping pong. I saw it coming a mile away!

So, industrial robot manufacturer KUKA will be hosting a table tennis match between their KR AGILUS robot arm and puny human champion Timo Boll. The purpose of the exhibition is to celebrate the opening of a new robot factory, or so they say! We all know that the robots are finally coming out of the closet and after embarrassing humans in tasks of intellect, will now also demonstrate their superior physical abilities. All, jokes aside, however, the trailer looks pretty cool (see it below) and the game will be broadcast live on March 11th. You can watch it here.

One thought on “KUKA robot versus Tim Boll

  1. Robin

    Recently, a video has been released by Google to present the quadruped robots which are now under development. In the video, the robot is able to move freely in complicated circumstances like mountains and stairs owe to its powerful mobility. The surprising thing is that when an engineer tried to attack the robot with his feet, the robot swiftly moved its limbs to make adjust so as to keep balanced. Actually this scene didn’t surprise me much as I had seen a drone moving back to site after being interfered. But honestly, this is the first time that a scene seemed so wired to me. The robot acted like it was a dog kicked by someone, I don’t know how to describe it, it felt sympathetic? feared? It’s just so wired.

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