This robot from China can (probably) play badminton better than you

Robomintoner could be ultimate solution for players without a racquet partner

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 April, 2016, 9:33pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 April, 2016, 10:20pm

Scientists in China have developed a robot which can play badminton against a human opponent — and it’s got some pretty incredible skills.

The Robomintoner is being marketed as the ultimate solution for players wanting to improve their game whenever they cannot find a racquet partner.

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The clever device, which has a maximum speed of four metres per second, uses an HD camera and a binocular vision system to ‘see’ the shuttlecock and predict its movements.

Its creators, based in Chengdu City, claim it has an 80 per cent success rate when returning a shot.

The robot’s settings can even be adapted for singles or doubles matches.

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A woman was seen playing with the Robomintoner over the weekend in Shenzhen, Guangdong province.

It is set to go on sale within weeks, according to New China TV.