Robot Hand is Totally Unbeatable at Rock, Scissors, Paper

Next time you and your spouse or roommate decide to play Rock, Scissors, Paper to decide whose turn it is to do the dishes, don’t let them bring a robot to the contest. This bot, being developed at Ishikawa Oku Laboratory, is designed for a 100% win rate. It, not surprisingly, does it by using some robot magic to cheat.

The system is equipped with a super high-speed sensor that can detect the position and shape of the human hand it is playing against. In as little as 1 millisecond, the system reads the human opponent’s hand position and forms the robot hand into the position that will beat it. In the video, it is amazing to see just how fast this happens.

The research team is hoping that their work will be applied to useful real-world situations like cooperation controls. Robots working alongside humans need to be able to detect and react to the actions of those humans, and a system like this could help streamline that process in a very significant way.

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