The ever-evolving interactive Japanese robot FORPHEUS, which stands for Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonised Automation with Sinic Theoretics, was started back in 2013 to teach humans how to play table tennis. Since it was introduced, FORPHEUS has been updated for the seventh time.
This 7th iteration of the record-holding robot features machine-learning empathy assessment, rallying strategies, and reduced human preparation. “FORPHEUS embodies the relationship that will exist between humans and machines in the future. Every year, since 2013, a team of young engineers is assembled to develop and utilise state-of-the-art technology that keeps this table tennis robot tutor evolving.”
Masamune Nakayama, the FORPHEUS project leader, explained,
“The 7th generation FORPHEUS has made significant updates on electrical, mechanical, and software to realise connecting people to others and unlocking the potential of groups. It is our pleasure if you will be able to sympathize with the harmony between humans and machines that connects people to others through the 7th generation FORPHEUS.”