DailyDirt: Air Hockey Robots

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There is a decreasing number of games that humans can play against computers and still win. Most of us would lose at chess. If Ken Jennings can’t win Jeopardy! against a computer, the rest of us likely have limited chances. People probably shouldn’t play poker with real money against AI. But we can still have some fun playing, right? Robots can’t beat us at games like tennis and soccer (yet), but they’re getting pretty good at air hockey, so we better watch out….

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Lindsay (user link) says:

Nuvation's Air Hockey Robot

Interesting fact about Nuvation’s air hockey bot: when they first debuted the bot at the Freescale technology forum, everyone observed that women were much better at beating it than men were. Why?

The initial algorithm didn’t do a very good job of calculating the effect of the spin of the puck. Men hit the puck harder, and when the puck is traveling really quickly the effect of the spin is negligible. When you slow the puck down just a bit, the spin changes the direction a lot more, and the robot had trouble compensating!

Read a recap of the design story on Nuvation’s blog

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