Its the holidays and that means its time to watch robots cream humans in bouts of skill. The latest example of robotics winning over a meatbag? This amazing air-hockey robot powered by a smartphone, Arduino board and a plotter-like robotic arm.
The system works by watching the puck on the surface of the table and moving to where the puck is going. It actively blocks attacks on its goal and it can beat humans regularly.
You can build your own robot using these instructions and the creator, Jose Julio of JJ Robotics, even included the source code. Give me a robot that can beat me at skeeball and maybe then we can talk, though. Until a robot learns the lure of spending hundreds of tickets to get a plastic frog it knows nothing of life.