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What the Tech: Robot bowling

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(–MELANIE–)A VIRAL VIDEO SHOWING A BOWLING ROBOT, LITERALLY THROWING A STRIKE AT LIGHTNING SPEED, IS BURNING UP SOCIAL MEDIA THIS WEEK THE VIDEO HAS NEARLY 20 MILLION VIEWS, BUT THE QUESTION NOW IS: IS IT REAL? OUR CONSUMER TECHNOLOGY REPORTER LOOKS CLOSELY AT THE VIRAL VIDEO AND INTRODUCES US TO ANOTHER ROBOTIC ATHLETE THAT PLAYS ANOTHER GAME

3 Jamey Tucker, Reporting It's an amazing video A robotic arm hurling a bowling ball down the lane like it's made of rubber Literally, throwing a perfect strike But, it isn't real Created by tweeted by graphic artist in his spare time Jamey TuckerMillions of people thought this was real, and why not? Robotic teams from around the world are programming robots to do some amazing things

It isn't a bowling robot, but a table- tennis playing robot that caught my eye earlier this year at CES It's name is Forpheus from Omron Robotics It uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to beat even the best ping-pong players in the world Matthew Trowbridge/Omron Robotics "It starts learning right when you walk up to the table It starts measuring you, watching your movements and as you pick up the paddle it will see how you move the paddle

So by the time you hit the first ball back to Forpheus, just before the paddle hits the ball, it knows where the ball is going to land already" Forpheus is actually a table-tennis instructor, giving students instant feedback on their fundamentals like any human instructor would do Maybe better That's the thing about robots and where we're headed They can be programmed to do many things better than humans

And that can be kind of scary Matthew Trowbridge/Omron Robotics "We want to show that automation and robotics does not have to be scary or anything We want to show people that the automation technology and robotic technology of today can be used in a fun and productive way and work in harmony with people" Robots are taking the field in other sports too One group is working to field an all-robot soccer team that will beat World Cup champions

The goal: playing the game by the year 2050 That's What the Tech? I'm Jamey Tucker 3 (–MELANIE–) 3 OTHER SPORTS ROBOTS IN THE WORKS INCLUDES ONE THAT PLAYS BASKETBALL AND A SUMO WRESTLING ROBOT THAT'S BEING DEVELOPED IN JAPAN 3 (–MELANIE–)ABBY IS IN NEXT WITH SPORTS

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