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Industrial mechanic Ulf Hoffmann built the robot called UHTTR-1, which plays table tennis with the aid of its own camera. It doesn’t miss a shot, it’s just not as aggressive as some players I’ve seen -yet. But what a great practice partner! Learn more about it at Hoffmann’s blog, if you can read German, or you might preferthe Google translation.
As they repeat in the video: Do not try this at home.
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This YouTube video makes ping pong balls seem so much more magical than they ever did at your youth group. The guys delve into the science behind the experiment, but all the really cool stuff starts around the one-minute mark if you’re the impatient type.
If you thought you were good at table tennis watch this and think again!
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It comes from the Kuwait Open tournament, where Quentin Robinot of France hits a behind-the-back-shot that completely flummoxes Belarus’ Kiryl Barabanov. The YouTube video became a viral hit on sports media sites on Wednesday and it’s easy to see why — even Barabanov can’t do anything but give Robinot his applause.