This super nifty one armed robot is better at ping pong than you

It's no Forrest Gump but this moving one armed robot is plenty good at ping pong. And may be even better than you. Watch it extend its arm to cover ground, cycle through backhand and forehand shots and hit the ball so effortlessly that it seems like an invisible human is controlling it.

The DIY ping pong robot UHTTR-1, which was made by Ulf Hoffman and in development for 2 years, hits the ball back independently to start some fun rallies. It all comes together so fluidly, the camera senses the ball, the software tells the motor where to move the arm, the aluminum construction executes the hit and it works brilliantly. Like a metal human arm. Super neat.


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