Those machines have to beat us at every game...
"Masters students from the EPFL Automatic Control Laboratory (LA) are developing a robot that can play foosball (table football) for their semester project. One of the levers has a mechanical arm capable of propelling the ball into the opposing goal at a speed of 6 meters per second."
From EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland (hence the French in the video)"the robotic arm depends on two computers: one to control the mechanical movement of the arm and the other to provide information about the position of the ball. In order to position itself correctly, the robot must have a clear idea of the location of the ball in real time.
So students replaced the bottom of the foosball table with a transparent material. They then placed a high-speed camera on the ground to film the game board. “Through image processing algorithms, we can analyze the movement of the ball in real time. This information is transmitted to the computer that controls the movement and positioning of the arm,” says masters student Martin Savary, who participated in the project."