Robot to challenge human champion in table tennis

Another field that belonged to only humans, is now being challenged by robots. Next month, German Table Tennis Champion, Timo Boll, will play a ping pong match against a Kuka Industrial robot. The match will take place on March 11th, 2014 and can be watched at The show is organized to celebrate the new Kuka Robotics Factory in Shangai. The 20,000 square meter factory will manufacture certain Kuka robots and controllers.

Back in 2009, when this technology was yet in the research labs, Robotic Magazine brought the news to its readers. You can see our post on a similar robot 5 years ago here: high speed robot hand.

Also watch the video of that robot, which we posted back in 2009 (which was not a Kuka robot, and a totally separate project by the way):