Deep Green pool-playing robot ready to hustle

The impressive system of cameras and robotic gantries from the computer vision lab at Queens University is already at a "better-than-amateur level."

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As much as possible, the Deep Green system was developed using standard off-the-shelf hardware components. Deepgreenrobot.org

What IBM's Deep Blue computer is to chess, Deep Green may soon be to the felt table. The impressive system of cameras and robotic gantries from the computer and robot vision lab at Canada's Queen's University is already at a "better-than-amateur level." The goal of the project is to attain a level of proficiency required to challenge, and ultimately beat, the best human players (get more technical details on Deep Green in this research paper (PDF) by Queen's University scientists).

What's also cool is that the technology has spun off an augmented-reality projection. It basically lets you cheat and line up shots like you can playing a pool video game.

I'm betting it won't be long until we see that sort of thing show up in night spots where drunk folk can appreciate the eye candy. Oh, and unless you're a trance fan, you might want to turn down your speakers for the video.

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.

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