Ping-Pong Training Robot Is a CES Smash, But It’s Not for Sale

Omron built the paddle-savvy machine to show off its industrial technology

LAS VEGAS—If you want to catch the attention of a bunch of gadget lovers, set up a ping-pong playing robot at a consumer-technology conference and give them all a shot at it.

Meet Forpheus, a ping-pong “tutor” built by Japan-based Omron Corp. that made its U.S. debut this week at CES 2018. Here, exhibitors showcase coming products, in addition to prototypes that are years down the road. For some toys, however, the release timeline is never.


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