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Robot to assist table tennis players

T.S. Atul Swaminathan
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The student-friendly technology helps hone skills to deal with specific shots and makes competent players

T.S. Atul Swaminathan

To enhance the performance of Table Tennis players, a sport which requires intensive speed, footwork and concentration, Ransa Sports Club has invested in a Table-Tennis Robot for practise at its premises in Maharishi Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Chetpet.

“The S27 dual-head Robot can be preset depending upon the type of practice [backspin, backspin and drive, drive and backspin]. In a single-head robot, the machine can be reset only on a particular trajectory,” state coach V.M. Ravi Venkatesh said.

Players can set it through a control panel and get maximum practice in a short time.. It almost feels like playing with an opponent. The control panel is denoted by numbers, indicating various positions in the game. Depending on the weakness of each player it can be set. It improves eye-hand co-ordination and reflexes, he added.

The random mode in a single-head robot is a pre-determined trajectory, which helps to improve player’s concentration. In a dual-head one, players can preset the mode.

With more and more children taking to the sport, technology such as this can help make them competent players. “We have been receiving nearly 1,000 entries for State-level tournaments. Tamil Nadu has a good number of talented players, followed by West Bengal and Maharashtra. Awareness and exposure about the sport is very high among the school students here,” Mr. Venkatesh stated.

The Centre has also been encouraging the sport. Players get international exposure by participating in tournaments and camps abroad.

C. R. Harshavardini, ranked No 2 in Under -15, End of 2012, National, Sub-Junior Girls category, said: “The robot increases speed, re-flexion and movement. It helps in improving footwork and correcting strokes.”

Ransa gives away gold rings to players who represent the State in national tournaments. This year 13 players received the same.

If you want to learn the sport, regular coaching is held from Mondays to Fridays from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. For details, contact Venkatesh at 94443 58109.

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