Automatic pool stick vs. strangers

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An automatic pool playing robot - how hard could it be? Turns out harder than I thought. It took me quite a while to work through all the difficulties of this project but when it all finally came together is so worth it. To my surprise the most interesting aspect of this project is using the cue to play real games of pool over the internet. Let me know if you think twitch plays billiards would be worthwhile...




  • Meat servo cheats... (By the way you should totally support Shane on Patreon, like I do: )

    SmarterEveryDaySmarterEveryDayPrieš mėn
    • Hello

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    • @haythem khrayfi No such thing as an "air hydraulic", hydraulic means Fluid (hydra - hydro), air is pneumatic (pneumo), so the proper terminology is Pneumatic. Just helping!

      Dave ChapmanDave ChapmanPrieš dieną
    • Don't forget, Smart people ruined the World. I will eat many smart people come Chaos.

      Two Dogs AndaManTwo Dogs AndaManPrieš 3 dienas
    • love the idea - but one thing I would like you to consider. Are robots really better than humans or are they better SPECIALIZED PRECISION TOOLS than humans? Thinking about people as "human tools" is a specialty of certain group of "captains of industry and humanists" that in one point in time reduced people to status of a thing and in the name of kindness created sophisticated euthanasia programs to weed out the "defective" and "undesirable" in order to improve society for the greater good. It's quite worrying to hear the 80 year old slogans ("jokes") in slightly updated form being used by apparently very nice people in public without any embarrassment and shame. Seems like holywood did pretty good job in making everyone to forget the real history. The point I'm making is that once you start reducing people in your mind to tools and meat servos - even as a joke - it's enough of an efficient shortcut and it makes thinking about complex things so much easier so for the brain it would be wasting resources not to stick with it. The academia and "nobility" historically always fell into that trap.

      SimPit TechSimPit TechPrieš 4 dienas
  • Next is an around the table pool stick mount that will move around the edge of the table

    Hannah MossHannah MossPrieš 4 minutes
  • Sell your on the table projection system for professional pool players training

    Hannah MossHannah MossPrieš 6 minučių
  • Uhhh yeah that’s exactly what I would do.

    MikeMikePrieš 13 minučių
  • Hearing the smart guy call himself an idiot 🙄..... Somehow hurts my feelings 😥

    Zen R UsZen R UsPrieš 26 minučių
  • I am surprised that the camera can see the cue markers with enough precision. If the camera is 2000x1000, and the table is 2m x 1m, then it can see the markers with ~1mm error. The cue extension is about 100mm long, so its angle can be positioned with an error of ~1mm/100mm = 0.01 radians. When aiming for an object ball at a distance of say, 500mm, the strike position will have an error of ~5mm. So yes that is probably good enough for a table of this size with big pockets.

    Daniel GouldDaniel GouldPrieš 43 minutes
  • Bro why waste time and brain on LTclub? Go help Elon Musk

    Eastafrican HairEastafrican HairPrieš 46 minučių
  • Watches Intro: 'that sounds really difficult' Watches rest of the video: 'that was really difficult'

    Max NGMax NGPrieš 48 minučių
  • Make it better then challenge a pro

    Austin WallaceAustin WallacePrieš 52 minutes
  • Could you make me a part for so money

    Devon KnowlesDevon KnowlesPrieš val
  • He lives the dream of every nerd 😍

    HenryHenryPrieš val
  • Blah blah blah zzzzzz....

    The stinky bitThe stinky bitPrieš val
  • What about a 3d space engine? I mean the ball can also jump..spin..etc.

    Prob_ioProb_ioPrieš val
  • As soon as you said "robots are better than us" I stopped the video to make this comment. See ya 😂😂😂

    Double Oh 7Double Oh 7Prieš val
  • Meanwhile I still using calculator in engineering college to make sure than 1 + 2 is 3

    SCM 20SCM 20Prieš val
  • 7:16: " I want to play pool the way its supposed to be played" Also him: makes a robotic pool stick that always gets the shot.

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  • I would just like to say that I'm very happy people like you exist. People who are so ridiculously intelligent and determined, but at the same time lie about it all being really easy to make the rest of us feel better lol! Thank you BTW! Awesome job Man. Really cool and love that it can be used to socialise remotely! Subscribed!

    PDK O'DudePDK O'DudePrieš 2 val
  • This is amazing, keep up the good work!

    InfamousInfamousPrieš 2 val
  • "...and they work long hours for no pay" future is looking quite interesting to me.

    Obama Bin LadenObama Bin LadenPrieš 2 val
  • HOLY COW!! The times I said "that's what she said" in this video was through the roof HAHAHA Technology is crazy.

    T RT RPrieš 2 val
  • Wow, just wow!

    Matt NaylorMatt NaylorPrieš 2 val
  • I just want to tell you that your videos are amazing! I can feel the effort put into them as I watch them. Also, my brain would somehow never be able to make the stuff made here. Keep it up :D

    PeydaPeydaPrieš 3 val
  • This video made me understand how dumb i am xD

    Red RysenRed RysenPrieš 3 val
  • 8:10 is comedy gold

    NIT3HAwK4258NIT3HAwK4258Prieš 3 val
  • You should be the next Q in the next James Bond.

    WattchnWattchnPrieš 3 val
  • shut up wife this is my goddAMN SON

    swanswanPrieš 3 val
  • I want to downvote this because you are directly helping skynet

    Victor BowVictor BowPrieš 3 val
  • Make it hole all the ball with one shot :)

    TheD3dicateDGamerSTheD3dicateDGamerSPrieš 3 val
  • Try playing on a REAL table instead of one designed for toddlers.

    NunziNunziPrieš 3 val
  • Dude. You should be working for DARPA! But I do have some suggestions. First, you didn't say, but do you compensate for the cue ball and it's trajectories? It seems you don't, and that will result in scratching and losing a shot. Second, wouldn't it have been easier to implant sensors into the pool table to determine the ball positions, rather than doing it optically? You could "tag" each ball so your program would know the number of the ball in order to call a particular ball in advance, like real pool sharks do. Third, why did you use air? Why not just use a spring loaded solenoid, and applying the amount of current into the solenoid would pull it back a measureable amount, allowing the spring to "drive" the cue tip? Oh, and your program could be so much simpler if the computer knew which ball you want to sink. Instead of dealing with all possible trajectories, you would only have to look at the ball you want to get in which pocket, then do the math on that one ball alone. Of course, the program would need to know which balls it might collide with that are in the way. But overall, a genius project! I'm subscribing!

    Doug MoodyDoug MoodyPrieš 4 val
  • What drawing app is that? (16:45)

    The Stainless Steel CatThe Stainless Steel CatPrieš 4 val
  • Awesome, going to fo tgat someday

    DinosauropDinosauropPrieš 4 val
  • How engineers make friends... virtually

    water fokerwater fokerPrieš 4 val
  • Does micro center teach you how to play

    BoyMeetsBMXBoyMeetsBMXPrieš 4 val
  • So many points of failure

    water fokerwater fokerPrieš 4 val
  • So now were using robots to play pool now 🤦🏿‍♂️

    Devorrick WatsonDevorrick WatsonPrieš 4 val
  • This guy is just simply amazing, to think that he built the hardware, software, and integrate the algorithm himself is amazing 👏👏👏

    Indra in KoreaIndra in KoreaPrieš 5 val
  • This guy roasts trees for shure

    teatime kevteatime kevPrieš 5 val
  • I never left a like but this time I did. People like you define our future.

    Duco RommeDuco RommePrieš 5 val
  • Good job

    Alfonso’s And Austin’s GamesAlfonso’s And Austin’s GamesPrieš 5 val
  • "I wanna enjoy the game of pool the way that it was meant to be played". The last time I checked pool doesn't involve using many hours on a robotic cue.

    casper nielsencasper nielsenPrieš 5 val
  • Your problem solving is to be commended.

    naturalmystic67naturalmystic67Prieš 5 val
  • She really wanted to go off on you

    Wicho ThaGreatWicho ThaGreatPrieš 5 val
  • wow this is seriously impressive.

    Omniplex MusicOmniplex MusicPrieš 5 val
  • 2:12 and 2:31: that’s what she said!

    sloggizsloggizPrieš 6 val
  • what major should i learn to do things like him ?

    an ambulancean ambulancePrieš 6 val
  • now all you need is a rail system for the pool stick and people could play real pool with nobody at the table

    john mackjohn mackPrieš 6 val
  • One day this man will make missing F’s possible in school

    DJEaglePLAYSDJEaglePLAYSPrieš 6 val
  • I like the idea a lot but we need a wireless one.

    Attiyk SystemAttiyk SystemPrieš 6 val
  • 14:40 Hi guy I recognized from a veritaserum on the one-way speed of light

    Elijah HubinskyElijah HubinskyPrieš 6 val
  • A shot that humans can only dream of? Haven't heard about Efren "The Magician" Reyes? Lol

    TheObserverTheObserverPrieš 6 val
  • Is micro center in England

    Luis KushiLuis KushiPrieš 7 val
  • @7:18 "I want to enjoy the game of pool the way that it was meant to be played" Why are you making this video then?

    RyanRyanPrieš 7 val
  • This is why youtube was invested, to share knowledge and the possibility of invention not to review makeup.

    Floating PeaksFloating PeaksPrieš 8 val
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan still beats u. But, nice try!

    OsmosisOsmosisPrieš 8 val
  • So the guy is a weak betamale.... gets beat by a girl in pool, has no physical coordination, and needs to change the rules (wimp out) to win.

    Gimme a C To the ?Gimme a C To the ?Prieš 8 val
  • I wonder if there is a way of making the pool cue a lot more inconspicuous 🤔

    Oscar WilsonOscar WilsonPrieš 8 val
  • so can we call this a aimbot pool stick?

    Jay_breezy15k_Jay_breezy15k_Prieš 8 val
  • but than wouldnt you have to re do the graph every new game since the balls wont be the same placE?

    Wonder Bread lwlWonder Bread lwlPrieš 8 val
  • If I had 1% of your talent.

    sirkooshiarsirkooshiarPrieš 9 val
  • "so hard heh, ohh please~" - what is this anime subtitles

    seldom speechseldom speechPrieš 10 val
  • 10:57 you described my entire engineering course

    Marcelo CollettiMarcelo CollettiPrieš 10 val
  • your wife looks like this girl from the walking dead

    Tobi Taylor-DusomeTobi Taylor-DusomePrieš 10 val
  • Build something thay cleans home and utensils

    Himanshu KHimanshu KPrieš 11 val
  • Please make a machine to make burgers!

    Bryan kBryan kPrieš 11 val
  • fifa sign him to fix VAR

    Uglee RayUglee RayPrieš 11 val
  • Wow. Respect.

    MrTeknicsMrTeknicsPrieš 11 val
  • at the beginning he said "shots that humans could never dream of", as someone who was active in the pool scene, among state, national and international players, not true lol, not even remotely true hahaha.

    steve smithsteve smithPrieš 12 val
  • Robot needs energy, parts, installation, coding, and maintenance that you pay.

    Tesco PrimarkTesco PrimarkPrieš 12 val
  • Bro hurry up and make an iron man suit

    Oliver MahonyOliver MahonyPrieš 12 val
  • how much for the cue lol

    bunmi tobibunmi tobiPrieš 12 val
  • Siblings or Dating?

    kelzuyakelzuyaPrieš 13 val
  • Now make the Pool Cue hands free.

    65 CJ565 CJ5Prieš 13 val
  • although I feel dumb as a bag of bricks after wachting this guy, this gives me hope for the future. Keep at it

    Robert van PiggelenRobert van PiggelenPrieš 14 val
  • I hope you keep advancing the software and eventually take on a pro. It would be cool.

    LandmantxLandmantxPrieš 16 val
  • Michael Reeves but mentally healthy.

    IvannersIvannersPrieš 16 val
  • You’re insane

    Frankie ValladaresFrankie ValladaresPrieš 16 val
  • Alien dildo tip Yeah, I’m childish. 😂

    Mike TMike TPrieš 16 val
  • they got pills to keep you stiff enough now you know

    Terry lethbridgeTerry lethbridgePrieš 16 val
  • If I were you, I would get an industrial/product designer to refine it down to a manufacturable product and go into production. This would sell like hot cakes.

    Evan JonesEvan JonesPrieš 16 val
  • He know he's amazing

    JNLJNLPrieš 16 val
  • warum muss man sowas machen? und erfinden? lasst das doch den Menschen selbst spielen wozu muss immer alles so ein scheiss roboter machen....

    NaTuRaL8oRn ChiiLLeRNaTuRaL8oRn ChiiLLeRPrieš 17 val
  • Most people just practice. But whatever . As a pool player, hate it, as a tinkerer mad respect. Totally going to sub.

    Toothless Blues Boy NormanToothless Blues Boy NormanPrieš 18 val
  • Shouldve bought a pancake lens to get rid of distortion

    Tee BurkTee BurkPrieš 18 val
  • I don’t even have 1% of his intelligence... geez

    Tech OutsiderTech OutsiderPrieš 18 val
  • Why on earth does this video have so many dislikes...… ???? That's more mind blowing than the technical ability required to make this system work. I can only assume it was simply the brain ache caused when attempting to follow along resulted in frustration and thus a dislike. P>S Most of the things you use daily and cant live without start of life like this... appreciate your video and astonishing work.

  • Awesome

    N JN JPrieš 18 val
  • Can you make one that both does bidens job and yeets him off the Washington monument?

    WW660WW660Prieš 19 val
  • The closest MicroCenter is 610 miles away but I still went and gave them my email so they make sure to keep sponsoring you. Awesome videos!!!!

    Adam ZimmermanAdam ZimmermanPrieš 19 val
  • Amazing work. The guy is a genius. Give him unlimited access to nuts and bolts and he'll build the world.

    Alexandre TiphonAlexandre TiphonPrieš 19 val
  • if he is such a big brain why cant he play 8 ball pool normally with his calculations and all? (im not tryna hate or anythin just asking)

    Abdulmohaiymin muzzammilAbdulmohaiymin muzzammilPrieš 19 val
  • Video starts at 19:53

    Javier FitoJavier FitoPrieš 19 val
  • Some ppl get creative and build a sand castle, paint a picture or something. Then there's this guy...

    J CJ CPrieš 19 val
  • This is the first video I watch from this channel! great content, keep it up! Also an idea, you are assuming all the shots are done in a 2D basis; would be cool if the servo can hit the white ball to go above another ball and hit the desired one, like projectile motion.

    Gerardo Lombardi GarcíaGerardo Lombardi GarcíaPrieš 20 val
  • This is basically stockfish Or should I say stockstick

    gio tongolgio tongolPrieš 20 val
  • Dude has aimbot😂

    sweatyboi233s rawrsweatyboi233s rawrPrieš 20 val
  • What is the point of inventing something for a game/sport that totally negates the whole point of the game/sport which is... SKILL!

    MajowhMajowhPrieš 20 val
  • Just learn how to play pool simple. Are you going to build yourself a wife?

    Joshua DickmannJoshua DickmannPrieš 21 val
  • Microcenter FTW! Seriously - best store on earth. And you didn't even mention their return policy.

    Rex DavenportRex DavenportPrieš 21 val
  • You should’ve just build a Ronnie O’Sullivan

    ITYR4NTzITYR4NTzPrieš 21 val