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3D Printer Air Hockey

Much like synchronised swimming, air hockey isn’t exactly the most entertaining of solo pursuits - rather a sad affair in truth.

Though this might not the case for much longer following the rather brilliant news that computer programmer Jose Julio invented his own air hockey robot by using a 3D Printer and a PlayStation 3.

Working on three motors, the robot was not only programmed to respond to colour for the mallet and the puck, utilising PlayStation Eye for vision, but to also calculate where the puck will go.

As you can see from the video below, it’s quite an impressive set-up, potentially heralding a new dawn of air hockey - one in which we can practice alone without fear of looking like losers - and giving us another reason to be in awe of 3D printers.