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Forpheus Ping Pong Robot

It's hard to get better at table tennis without a playing partner that can adjust to your skill level. The Forpheus Ping Pong Robot can do just that. It uses two vision sensors and a motion sensor to measure the position of both its opponent and the movement of the ball 80 times per second. Using AI, it can then predict the trajectory of the ball and hit the ball back, and learn about your playing characteristics over time to help you make progress. It's not available for sale to private or commercial customers just yet but instead points to a future where robots can help you get better at skills you already have, instead of just doing things for you.

  • Laundroid Laundry Folding Robot

    Ranking just below "cleaning the bathroom" on the list of annoying household chores, folding laundry is no one's idea of a good time. The Laundroid Laundry Folding Robot can make sure you never have to do it again. Just load all your freshly washed and dried laundry, and it takes care of the rest. It takes a picture of each garment to figure out what it is and the best way to fold it, and can automatically sort the folded items by type or by family member, freeing up your time for other pursuits.

  • Kuri Home Robot

    Alexa, Siri, and Google's Assistant have gotten us used to the idea of talking to robots. The Kuri Home Robot aims to making living with them commonplace, too. Standing 20 inches tall, a foot wide, and weighing in a 14 lbs, Kuri bears at least a passing resemblance to Big Hero 6's Baymax, no doubt helped along by animations designed by a Pixar vet. Powerful motors enable Kuri to follow you around, even over carpet and thresholds, multiple mics ensure it can hear what you're saying, and a built-in 1080p camera lets you check in on things when you're away. Kuri can also recognize faces, detects objects and automatically maps out your house, and has powerful speakers that can read stories, play music, or just serve to speak its playful robot language.