A team of researchers at Chiba University in Japan has defeated the game of air hockey once and for all with their Air Hockey Robot. Using high speed image technology and advanced algorithms, the robot anticipates your moves to ensure that you never win another air hockey match again. According to the researchers, "The goal of this study is to develop the technology of high-speed human interactive robot."
The Air Hockey Robot works by using high speed image processing and a real-time control system. Algorithms determine where the puck will be by taking constantly taking pictures and then analyzing them. The robot is able to deny you from scoring in air hockey with three simple steps. The robot determines the puck's position and trajectory through imaging. Then, the required position is calculated by the robot. Finally, it moves its arm to defend against your shot.