Technologies That Will Change Table Tennis

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Technologies That Will Change Table Tennis

The table tennis technology landscape is already teeming with new and bold technology that is accessible to all – professional players, amateurs, and enthusiasts. These gadgets and technologies will surely revolutionize the face of the game in the near future. It’s not actually a question of if, but when.

Here let’s take a look at some of the most promising technologies that the ping pong world can expect to see soon.

  1. Sensors and wearables

Wearable technologies would soon dominate the world of sports – and that’s a given. We have been seeing how sensors and wearable gadgets prove useful in different sports. In the world of tennis, we have Sony’s Smart Tennis Sensor. This small device is fixed to the bottom of the tennis racquet. The highly sensitive sensor picks up the movement and sends it to a mobile device for tracking. It can pick up different strokes and techniques. Users can then check detailed data about their swings. Aside from sensors, there are also wearable gadgets such as bracelets that determine your hand movements. As of this date, these technologies are still available in tennis but a cross-over to ping pong is not a far-fetched idea.

  1. Virtual Reality

Soon, table tennis players may not need a ping pong table like the ones reviewed at to play the game. Virtual reality allows you to play table tennis in the virtual world. And the good news is that it’s coming very soon! Just last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly played ping pong with Indonesian President Joko Widodo using Oculus, their VR technology precursor.

VR will not only allow players to play virtually. It can also give spectators a chance to watch the game up-close and even on a first person point-of-view. In fact, the ITTF is said to be beta testing this technology. After the beta testing, they will soon be able to broadcast ping pong tournaments in virtual reality. With VR broadcast, you can watch the game as if you are sitting twenty meters away from action.

  1. Artificial Intelligence

Although artificial intelligence is not yet fully matured, we are now seeing its precursor. There are table tennis Trainerbots that are capable of shooting balls accurately to any part of the ping pong table. If you’re playing with the Trainerbot, make sure to use the right ping pong paddles as you can see at, or you’ll go home a sore loser.

The Trainerbot is capable of recreating different types of shot. It can also be programmed to shoot a variety of sequences to make it more realistic. There’s also a multi-player feature that allows you to play it with friends. This technology can certainly help you nourish your table tennis skills. In the coming years, it is thought that artificial technology would be running the Trainerbot. That means, you will not need to pre-program the shots and sequences. The computer will be setting how the game will proceed.

Looking forward

Ping pong, like many other games, will constantly be influenced by technology. And in a sport where a few millimeters count, the advancements that technology can bring become more important. Surely, with all these progress, table tennis will be more enjoyable!

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