Monday, September 08, 2008

Queen’s egg-heads keeping one foot on the ground

You’ve heard of Deep Blue? Well this afternoon, Techdigest publishes a report on Deep Green, a Pool-playing robot “developed by a team of Queen's University egg-heads” (their words, not mine).

Unfortunately, not Queen’s University of Belfast, but in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Robotic pool setup - Deep Green

Mounted on a gantry above the table (hint: shift the table before you rack up the balls at the start!) the system features overhead cameras and a robotic wrist that holds the cue and tries not to rip the baize.

Robotic pool wrist - Deep Green

It made it to the cover story of the IEEE’s Computer Magazine where you can read about the contraption in more detail.

Robotic pool in action - Deep Green

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