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High-Speed Air-hockey Robot


  • In this research, we design a novel air-hockey robot system that switches strategies according to the playing styles of its opponent. The system consists of a four-axis robot arm and two high-speed vision sensors. We control the robot using visual information received at a rate of 500Hz. The control system consists of three layers: motion control, short-term strategy, and long-term strategy. In the motion control layer, the robot is controlled by visual information of the puck. In the shortterm strategy layer, motion of the robot is changed according to the motion characteristics of the puck. In the long-term strategy layer, the motion of the robot is changed according to the playing style of the opponent. By integrating the three control layers, the robot exhibits human-like reactions, which increase the appeal of the game. Experimental results verify the effectiveness of our proposed method.


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  1. Akio Namiki, Sakyo Matsushita, Takahiro Ozeki, Kenzo Nonami, Hierarchical processing architecture for an air-hockey robot system , 2013 IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, pp.1187-1192, 2013
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