Omron Corporation (Headquarters: Kyoto; President & CEO: Yoshihito Yamada) announced that table tennis robot FORPHEUS, which was first created in 2013 as a symbol of Omron’s technological expertise and which continues to evolve, was certified as the “first robot table tennis tutor” in the world by Guinness World Records®.
Omron exhibited FORPHEUS in “CEATEC JAPAN 2015” in October 2015 in order to showcase technology that “brings out people’s abilities”.
FORPHEUS was certified on January 6, 2016 for a Guinness World Record as the “first robot table tennis tutor”, and described in the Guinness Book of Records 2017 edition as follows:
“In October, 2015, the Japanese company Omron Corporation introduced a table tennis robot with a sensor that measures the position of its opponent and the movement of the ball 80 times per second, can predict the trajectory of the ball and hit the ball back, and project the landing point of the ball”.
Comments from Guinness World Records about the certification
Guinness World Records Japan Co., Ltd. Takumi Nippon Project leader, Vihag Kulshrestha said:
“Guinness World Records Japan launched a project called Takumi Nippon in 2014 that has transmitted Japan’s wonderful technology to the world through the Guinness World Records. The world record achieved by FORPHEUS, which was developed with the technical capabilities of the Omron Corporation, as the world’s “first robot table tennis tutor”, is also a record for the Takumi Nippon Project. I am very pleased to be able to convey Japan’s wonderful artisanship to people all over the world”.