John Henry is still alive.
March 14, 2014 2:16 PM Subscribe
Two commercials came out this week from KUKA starring their robot and their new spokesman. Timo Boll vs the Agilus robot
, and the obligatory The Making Of
video to go with it.
ranged from FAKE!!! to possible-but-highly-staged. It's at least more real than the Bruce Lee/Nokia video
Table Tennis robots have been around since the 70's but these are just machines that shoot the balls at you more-or-less realistically, and most robots come with a net to catch and recycle the balls.
They range in price from the iPong
, at around $100, to the Butterfly Amicus
at around $2200, or you could build your own
. (This last one reminds me of the one I built out of old computer parts in 1979.)
Lately ones that actually play have shown up. Topio
has been around since 2007, but wasn't likely to worry tournament players any time soon. (Yes, I know they said that about chess too...)
These ones are better, but still basement players
Can't tell about the MIT one
is the best candidate so far, for my money.