Drives and Controls Magazine
Ping-pong match will pit human against 'world's fastest' robot
Published:  18 February, 2014

One of the world’s top table-tennis players is going to play a match against an industrial robot in China during March. Timo Boll, who has been ranked in the world’s top seven table-tennis players, will take on a specially programmed Agilus robot built by the German robot-maker, Kuka, and claimed to be the world’s fastest robot.

The match will take place during the official opening ceremonies for a new Kuka factory in China, which began production in December 2013. The 20,000m2 plant, located in Shanghai, employs around 350 people and has the capacity to produce around 3,000 robots a year, mainly for the Asian market.

Kuka has appointed Boll – who is popular among Chinese table-tennis fans – as a brand ambassador to China.

The robot-maker has set up a Web site dedicated to the forthcoming table-tennis showdown.