London, Sep 23 (ANI): If you think you are unbeatable at playing pool, then you better think again, for a new pool-playing robot developed by researchers at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, is being touted as one step ahead of any snooker-hall shark.
Called the 'Deep Green', the robot is an industrial gantry robot, like those used in car manufacturing plants, equipped with a cue and camera and hung over a standard pool table.
It uses a digital camera in the gantry, assesses the positions of the balls, and determines a shot.
And then it uses a secondary camera to sight along the line of the cue, comparing it with the overhead image to establish the perfect shot.
However, its creators have said that it is more than a simple angle-selecting machine,.
While it thinks several shots ahead like humans, but unlike us it has a full Newtonian physics simulator in its software.
"Pool is an ideal game for automation. It's only a matter of time before it can consistently run the table," the Telegraph quoted the Queen's University team as saying.
In fact, Deep Green doesn't even need a triangle to rack its balls, for the machine has a Dalek-like sucker arm which allows it to place the balls perfectly.
Secondly, it also includes an "augmented reality pool" mode, which - like a computer pool simulation - projects the ideal shot on the baize, giving human players a fighting chance.
It will work out incident angles for all the balls struck, leaving you with nothing to do other than judging the speed of the shot and keeping your hand steady.
Deep Green is named in honour of the chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue, which in 1997 beat the then world chess champion Garry Kasparov. (ANI)