Stanford students made a robot that can play ping pong better than most humans

Students at Stanford University have programmed a robot to play ping pong. And the bot looks like it’s got more game than most humans. 

As part of a class assignment, a team of students in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the school were able to program the robot to autonomously play the game by first tracking the motion of a ping pong ball and then programming the robot to swing and hit the ball the same way a human would.  

The task required the students to take advantage of the robot’s various capabilities including vision, force sensing, position sensing and tactile perception.

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