Discrete and Process Automation

Watch: Play Ping Pong with a Robot, Play Foreman in a Near-Future Factory

21 December 2018

Having made a splash with its ping-pong tutor robot FORPHEUS at CES 2018, Omron Corporation is returning to the 2019 show with a new model. For the company, the fifth-generation robot continues to represent a “vision of harmony between humans and machines.”

Along with an expanded range of movement, FORPHEUS can now put topspin and backspin on a ping-pong ball. Additional updated features include an increased number of control axes and an added elbow mechanism for better emulation of human perception; better prediction of the direction in which an opponent will return the ball; and a sensor data-based analysis of player movements that can be used to personalize coaching and help players improve their game.

The company also says that its booth will be the largest and most advanced exhibit of artificial intelligence, robotics and automation at CES 2019 — hardly an easy claim to make, given the range of exhibitors expected to appear at the show. Omron’s interactive Factory Harmony exhibit will demonstrate the factory floor of the near-future, with machines creating a personalized sample product while attendees play the role of a foreman.

Omron’s booth is located at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall 2, #26002 Tech East, inside the Robotics Marketplace. CES 2019 runs January 8-11, 2019.

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