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Japanese researchers have developed an unbeatable arcade-game playing droid.

Researchers at the Namiki Laboratory of Chiba University, Japan have developed an air hockey playing robot that may ruin many a teenagers’ Friday night at the arcade.

Developed as part of the team’s research into high speed tracking, this robot not only plays air hockey, but assesses its human opponent’s moves and anticipates the game play, adapting as the strategy changes. An explanation on the lab’s website states:

The goal of this study is to develop the technology of high-speed human interactive robot in which the robot reads the opponent’s intention and moves in response to the opponent’s motion and human purpose expectation.

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