Wu and Kong are the latest additions to a pantheon of robot athletes. Sure, their eye-mounted motion-tracking cameras may not make for the most emotive games you’ll ever see, but we can’t help but be impressed by all those precision shots. The robot twins were developed at China’s Zhejiang University and, we’ll admit, compared to getting hustled at pool or being struck out by a baseball robot, there’s something a bit friendlier about a game of table tennis with our future oppressors. You can marvel at the duo’s bionic backspin in action after the break. We’re massive Wu fans.
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Microsoft and Nintendo might already have the motion-based table tennis simulation market locked down, but there’s one thing their consoles need that the new Hyper Ping Pong paddle doesn’t: a TV. That’s right, this motion sensor-equipped bat lets you play without the superfluous need for something to look at — it comes with a speaker that plays back the sound of a rally and all you need to do is “go with the rhythm.” A button integrated into the handle lets you put a little extra sauce on your volleys and accurate timing will win you points, awesome sound effects, and the admiration of all your friends. The Hyper Ping Pong kit will start selling in Japan this October for
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