Technology giant Samsung unveiled a prototype of its new AI assistant to the world this week, and it looked a lot like a tennis ball. Is it only dogs who should be worried? We have some suggestions for what a robot tennis ball could do for players
Not everyone was entirely comfortable with the idea of an "intelligent" tennis ball following them around despite Samsung's claim that "Ballie improves the quality of your 'me time' and takes care of your loved ones and your home".
Reactions on YouTube to the sceptical ("Lol how is this a thing!? Why is this a thing!?) to the down-right worried ("Who else got a feeling that Ballie has a chance of turning evil?").
But we just got thinking what a tennis robot might do for us players. Here are some of our ideas:
Sorry Dave that ball was in
Tennis balls that make their own calls
Pic By Cryteria - Own work, CC BY 3.0
A hitting machine with tidy habits - all the balls get back into the hopper under their own steam
[Pic Morgan by CC]
The Star Wars favourite is a shining example to us all when it comes to upholding standards of etiquette. We expect no less from our Ballie companion.
Taking on officials
Step up the tennis Bender, a Futurama style piece of AI to take on the task of hurling expletives at officials.
[Pic © 2013 Kassy. Licensed under CC-BY.]