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Humans vs. Machines: Foosball Answered

First, Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov; now, computer dominance has extended beyond chess to the world of foosball. Students from University of Adelaide in Australia created this autonomous foosball table that seems capable of beating human challengers. Of course, if any of the engineers want a break to play a game of foosball, they're going to lose to their own creation.

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Also check out Gizmodo's gallery of other foosball creations.

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11orem (author)2008-07-01

but adelaides still a hole Melbourne ;)

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11orem (author)2008-07-01
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Lithium Rain (author)2008-06-27
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I doubt it...it has the ability to move quickly, accurately, and all of it's players at the same time.

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He's good...but I'm better!

(free cookie if you can guess where that's from!)

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SC-Ghost (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-28

Star Wolf says that in Star Fox 64. I believe on the snow level, level 3. But possibly on Venom when they all have fancy ships, before you fight Andross.

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Lithium Rain (author)SC-Ghost2008-06-28

Not even close! (hint: Tom Hanks and Tim Allen)

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Lithium Rain (author)Bran2008-06-30
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Bran (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-30

Eek, I've only seen those. By spin-off I take it that mean still relating to Toy Story?

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Lithium Rain (author)Bran2008-06-30

TS3 doesn't exist yet...and yes, still relating to toy story. (hint, think disney channel...)

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puzzlefreak (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-30

Hahaha, "Not even close". Too bad that's correct. (Woo star fox!)

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Lithium Rain (author)puzzlefreak2008-06-30

Nope, it may be on that but I heard it someplace else...no cookie for you!

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SC-Ghost (author)Lithium Rain2008-06-28

Yeah sorry I have no idea.

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Sharku (author)SC-Ghost2008-06-28

sheesh the censors have about 10MS respond time an average human is 7MS :P

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=SMART= (author)Weissensteinburg2008-06-28

But it is vulnerable to a power-cut, EMP-bomb, and the Off switch......

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xACIDITYx (author)=SMART=2008-06-28

*Darn, the computer is winning* Whoops, I accidentally unplugged it. Sorry...

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Shadowmang (author)2008-06-29

didn't someone on Instructables make this for the laser cutter contest?

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randofo (author)2008-06-29

It would be better if computers just played each other... much safer that way.

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DuctTapeRules! (author)2008-06-28

Robot advantages- Moves quicker, probably faster to react and doesn't have the problem of reaching out for the other sticks Human advantages- Can think more creatively than a robot, can figure out the robot's patterns since it probably won't change.

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what if the robot can learn...

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Bisquick the ninja (author)2008-06-27

Any ninja could beat that thing!

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Obviously... robots are incapable of ascending to the astral plane of existance. A ninja could destroy this lowly opponent through simple telekinesis. Many pirates on the other hand have taken on this machine, and about 90% have lost an eye. Foolish mortals.

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the_burrito_master (author)2008-06-28

I want... to beat that thing. its prob like 100,000 dollars to buy one of those.

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jessyratfink (author)2008-06-28

I suck at foosball. I think I'll just surrender now and save myself the pain. :)

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