Smash hit: Ping pong robot takes on Olympian at Tokyo tech fair


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  • Tuesday, 03 Oct 2017

Forpheus, a fourth-generation table-tennis robot developed by automation parts maker Omron, returns a shot to Mizutani.

A ping-pong-playing robot served up a hit at a top Tokyo tech fair Monday, while a barely-moving machine in the shape of a sloth aimed to provide a relaxing change of pace. 

The alien-looking table-tennis star, named Forpheus, had a tough opponent, in the shape of Japan's first-ever Olympic singles medal-winner in a man-versus-machine clash.

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