Are you familiar with the term Artificial Intelligence (AI)? It has already put the security in question for a long time, and the research is still on. This is the field of technology where machines are created that reacts and performs just like humans.
The basic work that such intelligent machines perform includes machine learning, problem-solving, speech recognition, and better planning.
When huge super smart ping pong machines are being invented, Omron has taken a turn in giving the AI a softer and cool dimension with their Forephus Artificial Machine. Forephus is the name of the machine, that needs to be set up and which takes the place of the opposite opponent for you. You can have a real play with it, and practice out really well and keep the game on at all times.
Omron’s FORPHEUS – What’s in store for you?
Forpheus stands a really long name, where the letters OR stands for Omron Robotics. The robot is known by this name only, and they were displayed at the CEATEC event in the month of October, last year. This machine has got a friendly arm with it, that can really take on the balls served to them. With the long arms provided here, it could hit on the balls onto the air, and could also carry out smart predictions about the next hit/smash.
Compared to the previous models of the Forpheus, this newly released one has got an electronic arm with it. It is used for throwing the ball up in the air, and serve you with an amazing hit. The arm thing has made the machine more real and less of a robot.
It was displayed in the CES event, CES stands for the Consumer Electronics Show – it’s an International show where all electronic innovations are displayed, and users could watch them and understand what the next GEN has got for them!
Machines will only act like humans if they have got some knowledge of it, and here is where you need to work on Knowledge Engineering in machines. With the information they have, the machine will do the analysis and give out or perform the action accordingly. There are a lot of operations which can come under this, you need to make the machine act like a human! Imagine the number of scenarios that can fall into this.
The above concept is then followed by the machine learning, machine perception, reasoning, and other manipulative characteristics. Here the robotic arm is controlled by a 5 axis system which will swing the paddle for you. It will decide the direction and the swing type within a time duration of 1000th of a second. That’s how the FORPHEUS works for you, and keep you on your toes during the practice.
One interesting fact: Omron has not launched the Ping Pong robot as a product, if they would, this can be one off the best ping pong robots in the market. They launched the machine to show off the mechanical advancement and their expertise in the creation of a human-kind ping pong player! There are high chances of seeing Forpheus at the Japan Olympics 2020.
There are two cameras which are set on the two sides of the robot, which gives a 3D feel just like we humans experience. Also, it is claimed that the machine could detect about 80 ball rotations in one second. Along with the mentioned camera, there is an additional cam which will analyze the player movements for better understanding you as a player. With the movements, the robot could predict about the next upcoming smash.
In the year 2017, Omron worked on many points including better player detection, ability to foresee an upcoming smash, better serving skills, and much more. It focussed more on the sensing and the thinking ability of the machine. This has only made the game more realistic and challenging for the player.
Also, even if you are a pro at the game – playing with a robot will be completely new to you. The balls will fly high in the air, and there won’t be much waiting time. As soon as the ball gets dropped, another ball will get into the set and the game gets started for you.
Along with the gaming concepts, the Forpheus also inspires the player. There is one LED screen near the net portion, facing towards the player which displays motivating and other messages to the player. It also won the Guinness World Record for being the first ever ping pong tutor. If you keep up the practice with the machine for some months, you will definitely be ready to put some real game challenge with your sports buddies.
CES showcased many of the Omron products in Jan 2018 meeting. There are many products by Omron for different fields like the Energy, Industrial Automation, Healthcare, and other Mobility machines. Check for the updates, so that you could also get a chance to be there at the event. If you enjoyed reading out the article, then show us some love by commenting your views on the AI developments and their possible effects.
Find out how the Forpheus stole the show at the CES event, 2018 uploaded by the Digital Trends!