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No Friends? Practice Ping Pong with a Robot

Robots are taking over the world! Ok, not really – yet. They are coming one step closer though, just take a look at the Practice Partner 10 Robot from Home Leisure Direct. This table tennis robot can’t play an entire game with you, but it can help you perfect your serve. You can set them to randomly play to anywhere on the table, or keep on playing exactly the same shot, same spin or serving towards exactly the same place. It has a speed of 25-80 balls per minute. Robots aren’t cheap, so you’ll have to pay £542.47 (approximately $892.95 US) for this convenience.

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  • RainyDayInterns July 29, 2011, 2:40 pm

    A video of it in action would go a long way in convincing those of us who have been playing since we could see above the table that this robot can actually “play” :-)

  • Julie July 29, 2011, 3:59 pm

    @RainyDayInterns Just to be clear, it won’t return a serve. It will just keep serving balls.

  • RainyDayInterns July 30, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Ah…that would make more sense :-) The reason for the confusion was this bit here in the article…”but it can help you perfect your serve.”

    So more like it will help you perfect the return…

  • Julie July 30, 2011, 5:28 pm

    @RainyDayInterns Whoops…. can you tell I don’t play ping pong? ;)

  • blore40 July 31, 2011, 12:15 pm

    If it were to return serves, I would act now and pay 5 installments of $999.99 because this is probably not available in stores.

  • Bob DeLoyd August 1, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Being curious about how it worked I found a video :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHv6CIezyRY

  • Jack August 1, 2011, 4:14 pm

    Strewth I don’t think I’ll bother with one of those I’m sure I can find a chum to play Ping Pong with or I could just stick to playing Mahjong a far more civilised game :)

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