table tennis champion plays against KUKA, fastest robot in the world
table tennis champion plays against KUKA, fastest robot in the world table tennis champion plays against KUKA, fastest robot in the world
mar 11, 2014

table tennis champion plays against KUKA, fastest robot in the world

KUKA the duel: man vs machine
all images courtesy velvet mediendesign




with the engineers of KUKA ( keller und knappich augsburg) and the professional support of table tennis professionals, agilus – the world’s fastest robot – was programmed in order to withstand a match against table tennis champion timo boll, who sits ranked at number 5 in the world. the angles, strategies and probabilities of the match moves were all well elaborated in cooperation with the director, the opponent timo boll and with KUKA. filmed by matthias zentner and produced by velvet mediendesign, the commercial for robot manufacturer KUKA was conceived at the set of an abandoned sport hall in sofia, bulgaria.



video courtesy matthias zentner

timo boll, ranked number 5 in the world goes head to head with KUKA



the making of ‘the duel’

KUKA KR agilus, fastest robot on earth



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  • Bravo! René Düsel

    René Düsel says:
  • Nice animation. I am sure they did not bother to program a robot to play table tennis, with cameras to detect ball location and speed, as well as the location of the human opponent, coordinated with knowledge of paddle angle and rotation.

    JJ says:

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