"I played ping-pong against a robot"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
I played ping-pong against a robot
Meet Harrison and Alex Chen, founders of Trainerbot.
They've invented a robot that spits out ping pong balls.
The robot, and the app used to control it, is on Kickstarter right now.
And this is me, Jeff.
I like to think I'm pretty good at ping pong.
Then I met these guys and they're really good at ping pong.
So, the trainer bot essentially lets you play solo.
It's pretty simple to use.
You mount it at the other end of a ping pong table and then load it up with about 30 balls.
You then activate trainer bot with an app that lets you customize nearly everything.
You can tell it what kind of serve you want, the style, direction, spin, the location, even the frequency between serves.
Okay, so enough talk.
Let's try this out.
So here I am destroying this thing on normal difficulty.
Come on, Robot.
You're gonna have to do better than that.
Okay, now here is crazy mode, which means only a crazy person will be able to keep up with the amount of insanity.
But I eventually became crazy enough to best the trainer bot.
That's right, humans prevail.
not bad, not bad
That's right, I'm coming for you, robot world.
So all in all, trainer trainerbot is actually pretty cool.
I'd love for there to be a way for the bot to autoloader the balls you hit back to it Some kind of net solution or something like that.
And the price is also a lot.
They're asking for around $330 as an early bird price on Kickstarter.
But the retail price is gonna go up even more from there.
That's a lot to spend on a ping pong robot.
But if you're passionate enough about the sport, It might be worth it to you.
There does seem to be a seemingly infinite number of ways to play with it, so the replay value is definitely there.
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