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Omron introduces ‘next-gen’ Forpheus at CES

Omron Corporation, a world leader in technology designed to solve social issues, is featuring its latest advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, sensing and automation at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The company’s main hall CES booth will feature the next-generation Forpheus (the world’s first AI-equipped table tennis tutor) and a Factory Harmony exhibit – an interactive experience of the manufacturing floor of the near-future in which humans and machines work together in harmony.

“Omron technology is created to address social issues, improve lives and build a better tomorrow. This year, we will present a larger booth with an expanded showcase of breakthrough technologies,” said Nigel Blakeway, managing executive officer of Omron Corporation.

Forpheus, a sensation at last year’s CES, has returned to Las Vegas in January with new capabilities. Fifth-generation Forpheus features enhanced AI coaching, superior camera systems to predict player behaviour and returns and new robotic “elbow and wrist” movement which allows him to put topspin and backspin on shots and tutor more advanced players.

Forpheus demonstrates Omron’s core technologies of “Sensing & Control + Think.” These technologies, including artificial intelligence, robotics, vision sensing and control comprise machines that are intuitive, designed to act in harmony with others, and created to constantly assess and improve their own performance.

Omron’s Factory Harmony exhibit will show how these technologies come to life in a real-world environment designed to enhance productivity and product quality, improve worker safety and employ machines to help enhance human capabilities.

Those who visit the Omron CES Booth can be part of a representative product manufacturing process and receive a personalised sample product assembled through the cooperation and harmony between humans and machines.

Omron invented the first automated cash dispenser as well as automated traffic control systems, facial recognition sensing and a distance warning system for automobiles; and Omron is the global market leader in home blood pressure monitoring technology.

These advances in technology result from Omron’s approach to innovation – predicting, anticipating and responding to societal needs, and drawing on proprietary sensing and control technology to produce products and services that contribute to quality of life.