Sci-Fi movies have come to life. Run for your life! German robotics firm KUKA has developed the world’s fastest robotic tennis machine. To create a buzz about the KUKA KR Agilus, they set up the first ever duel between a robot and a human. It’s gone viral and created quite a buzz. Watch in amazement.
“Not the best in table tennis. But probably the best in robotics.”
KUKA KR Agilus
The KUKA KR Agilus can serve, return shots, and make calculated moves with remarkable precision. This well-oiled machine displays a combination of speed, precision, and flexibility. You can’t help but give KUKA credit for creating such a fascinating machine.
Who is Timo Boll?
If you aren’t in tune with the Table Tennis World, Timo is one of the best players of all time akin to such greats like Jan Ove Waldner. Timo previously held the World Title as the Greatest Table Tennis Player and currently ranks 8th in World Rankings. Case in point, Timo is no amateur.
Timo has taken a nod at the capabilities of this incredible machine and has taken the honor of becoming the Brand Ambassador of KUKA Robotics. This is no small feat coming from a former Table Tennis World Champion.
The Duel: KUKA KR Agilus vs Timo Boll
Producers of this promotional clip amped the scene to create an intense match up. The music, lighting, camera cuts, and slow-motion editing make it all the while more enjoyable to watch. Although Timo comes out victorious in this match (spoiler alert!), KUKA KR Agilus exhibits its tactical prowess in impressive fashion. How fun would this be to have in your garage!
This Man vs. Machine table tennis match is not only fun to watch in terms of the sport, it’s mind-blowing to think about the possibilities and the future of automated technology. One can only wonder how robotic technology can be applied in the near future. To be continued…
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