TOPIO's brain—processors and an artificial neural network—analyzes the ball's path to choose the best return. Last fall, TOPIO 3.0 debuted at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo.
At six feet tall, 264 pounds and with 39 independent points capable of movement (such as rotation) throughout its body, the chiseled robot appears a formidable adversary, but it hasn't beaten a human quite yet. Ho Vinh Hoang, TOSY's president, hopes that a newer version of TOPIO, which will have a more flexible arm and be able to learn on the fly, will win a match in the near future, possibly at Automatica, an automation trade show, to be held this June in Munich.
Hoang's ultimate goal: a TOPIO in every home, not just to play ping-pong but to help with household chores and other tasks.
Now he just needs legs and guns.
Oh, wait... it does kinda look like he has legs.
I kinda feel even more proud since I'm a Vietnamese American.
This is awesome.
But not as awesome as what mech Japan will make in real life.
This is amazing though, from my parents and relatives, I thought Vietnam was basically the azn version of Ireland.
What I can't figure out is why robotics companies seem to prefer to create robots in the likeness of humans. The human body is full of inherent weaknesses such as the inability to articulate on all axes (360 degrees, spherically).
I suppose it makes some sense to work off of a model (human body) where all of the limitations are known so you can perfect movements and abilities but would it not make more sense to try and surpass those abilities? Strive for something more?
I must say that the faceplate of this robot is probably a fairly accurate depiction of what a standard human would look like in the future as all races begin to meld into one race.
At least that is somewhat futuristic.
I think I could find a more useful thing to build a robot for than play ping-pong; like hitting it with a car.
How many people do you know that are 6 ft. tall and 264 lbs. of metal? That thing can easily kill any normal person without trying.
First, it can barely hit a ping pong ball back...how about they perfect that first before trying to design the "perfect" body first. Whether that be on wheels, two legs, 4 legs, articulated, rotating torso, or whatever.
There is a baseball throwing robot arm, I think I read the article here. Can't remember...what was I saying?
Reminds me of the Governor of California in his crime fighting days :)
Can anyone say I,Robots
one the reasons that people want to create humanoid robots is because it would be expremely difficult to do. Even though it is "full of inherent weakness" it is very complex. Making all of the joints, knuckles and so on work in synchronicity is only half the problem. making it fit into a humans shape and size is the other half. in short-vanity.. humans building humanoids is the electro-tech equivalent of playing god,l or at least considering yourself as clever as. My money is on the genetecists, though
the humanoid shape will work for almost all of mankind's endeavors
after all most things humans want done are made to be done by human shaped beings
Nothing to do with playing at being God, just using common sense to design something that can use the tools we have available for humans already - to get something done that needs doing
God gave us two ends.
One to sit on and one to think with.
Success depends on which one you use;
heads you win - tails, you lose.
A flying squiddy would have been more difficult, but a lot more fun. Imagine taking on a squiddy with a paddle in each tentacle... Or is that paddle supposed to be some kind of murder weapon?
Nice One HealingMindN
This terminator wannabe has no shot at even beating Forrest Gump!
Schwarzenegger could take him
Hey, Visual Kei, WTF, over!
What's that crack about Ireland about? FYI, during the Dark Ages, Ireland was the repository of ALL modern (for the time) literary work while hoards of barbarians were sacking the Continent. AND, FOR THE RECORD, Ireland is the OOONNNLLLYY European nation to have Ne-heh-hever been conquered by the Romans, Napolean, or the NAZI's. The Irish culture has brought more great works of literature and music to the world than any other country of its size, and it has held it's own against several centuries of oppressive British rule despite its lack of natural resources. Some of the world's greatest fighters and warriors have been Irish or of Irish descent, and ,despite what popular myth would have you believe, so have many of the world's great chefs, and for that matter culinary dishes.
I agree with cowboy. except for maybe on the culinary dishes part. haggis=not muh favorite. BUT, Ireland is frickin' amazing. SO, YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH OR I'LL GUT YOU LIKE A FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is not looking a terninator. but looking nice. M. Aydin <a href="http://www.granitephotos.com">Granite Colors</a> Expert
I saw this first on http://techblogg.com/ and they said that soon they'll have the technology to create one that could potentially beat a pro. But they believe that perhaps they should focus on more productive ends.
Reminds me of the Governor of California in his crime fighting days :)))
Introducing all world with the democracy of california as remindinding of californian governers who faught against crime.