Over the holidays I brushed up on my ping pong skills with my godson. He had already downloaded an iOS game before we left, which we used in preparation. Real life is different though and where we played, the tables were outside, so wind was always a factor. You can imagine the light ping pong ball swerving even more through the air, difficult to control with spin and wind thrown in.
By the end of the holidays, I’m somewhat proud to say I made it through to the semi-finals of that week’s Tuesday tournament. Just to be comprehensively beaten by a decidedly older, but remarkably better player. It was so much fun we even tried some artificial-lawn tennis, with a lesson learnt in just how hard this game is. Hats off to Nadal.
Upon retuning home, the 2019 edition of the annual CES showcase of all things gadget featured the incredible artificial intelligence-powered ping
pong robot from Omron. Named Forpheus, the robot has been much improved this year. Omron clearly uses Forpheus to demonstrate how its artificial intelligence prowess improves over time.