By John Brownlee at 12:22 pm Mon, Feb 2, 2009
With methodical, mechanical precision, this GLaDOS-like robot beams a laser out of its cycloptic oculus, and is absolutely unbeatable at Pong.
I am sorry, at the super slow easy speed shown in the video, isn’t every 11 year old “unbeatable”?
I am sure it wins matches, but only because every human human develops a deep subconscious urge to lose when faced with eternal boredom.
1. The keypad stops working which might inspire a binary curse from this robot.
2. Power outage.
other than that..yes..unbeatable
3. the screen is smudged
4. an outlook email notification pops up and makes GLaDOS go crazy and start experimenting on people.
I’d be more impressed if it were an unbeatable robot that plays beer-pong.
Did they build this thing before or after Wall*E?
I’m wondering why you need the robot?
Couldn’t you just have a program that interprets the video frame buffer to determine the position, velocity, and trajectory of the ball and move the paddle accordingly? Whenever I see a robot playing something on a computer I think, “You know in 50-100 years they won’t use a keyboard, they’ll just low jack in.”
Now robots playing ping pong, now that’s the stuff.
Jeezus, that’s one crap-ass version of Pong! The 70s wire framey version was better than that fer cripes sakes. xp I’m sorry, but i fully agree with everybody, this video laughably sux.
I’m sure it’s an important project for the guys involved and everything but man, the visual is like watching a Roomba backing into a wall over and over again on old, faded brown linoleum floor – withOUT the kitty on top!:)
What are those servos that it uses for hands?
impressive object tracking and anticipation robot. (i’m assuming that’s the point of the robot, the pong playing is just a test)
but yes, i wanted to see it play a little faster.
@ bcsizemo #6:
You don’t, obviously. You could just have a computer playing against itself, without wasting electricity on a monitor for us humans to see what it was doing.
For that matter you don’t need “Pong,” either.
The only way to win is not to play. Sit and spin, PongBot!
dang, I love those wire-frame armatures and the jittery OCD keypresses….
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