Robot plays Angry Birds, thinks it can beat you

OK maybe it can't. But it's an amusing PR stunt by Finnish testing equipment maker OptoFidelity.

Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET

With Angry Birds supposedly coming out on Facebook this month, its popularity shows no signs of slowing down, and it's even gaining fans among robots.

OptoFidelity, a machine-vision company based in Finland like Rovio Mobile, recently designed a robot that can play the avian-flinging game automatically, and quite well. It can get three stars on every level.

The PR video below shows a two-fingered screen-testing robot going up against a human competitor and defeating him. It's unclear how good the robot really is, but there's also a behind-the-scenes account of how they made the video here.

"It wasn't hard to implement an application for this particular need," the company said in a statement. "The most difficult part of the project was to play through all levels of Angry Birds. Thanks to the ready-made components that OptoFidelity already had, the robot controlling part was quite easy."

OptoFidelity later threw down the gauntlet to humankind in an Angry Birds challenge following the crowning of the 19-year-old who won a national tournament in March.

It hinted that its robot could defeat the best of us: "Until today there have been chess championships and quizzes between humans and robots. Since this application by OptoFidelity can be developed further, in future also games which are controlled with motions may be played against robots."

What do you think? Could you beat this machine at Angry Birds?


(Via TechCrunch)

 

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