From the Web: BYU engineering students program robotic foosball table

Whether it’s John Henry and the machine or a superpowered chess-playing computer, we as humans always try to outdo our mechanical creations. Even at foosball. A group of BYU computer engineering students recently created a foosball table, with one side controlled by artificial intelligence.  A camera positioned above the table recognizes the different colors of the players and the ball and reacts accordingly when the ball reaches the computer-controlled players. The computer predicts where the ball will be and where it can be based on the colors transmitted by the camera, the students say. What’s even more surprising is the computer is a pretty difficult competitor. “We’re discovering that it’s becoming a challenge for the humans to beat the A.I.,” said Nathan Warner, a computer engineering student who…


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