I’d like to think I’m a decent air hockey player, but I’m not match for what Jose Julio built. Using 3-D printer parts and a PlayStation 3 camera, the Spanish hacker constructed an air hockey-playing robot that’s not only a pretty good shot, but one heck of a goal tender, too.

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After designing the air hockey table, using two PC fans create the cushion of air, Julio got to work dismantling his RepRap 3-D printer. The printer’s stepper motors, drivers, belts, bearing and rods were all repurposed to bring his air hockey robot to life. Julio developed a vision system by attaching a PS3 EYE camera, which tracks the puck’s trajectory and moves the robot into place for a block.

“Now the robot could easily beat a child. An adult with some experience can still the robot, but I am sure that with some more small improvements it is going to be really hard to beat,” Julio wrote on his blog.

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As it stands, the open-source project is available for improvements and modifications via Julio’s blog. Check out the following video and see if you have what it takes to score on the robot.

via PC Mag

Credit: Jose Julio