Ron & Heather Take On Table Tennis Robot


— THEY COULD LOOK AT SNOW TOTALS OF FIVE TO EIGHT INCHES. Reporter: WE HAD A LOT OF FUN ONE DAY AFTER THE SHOW THIS WEEK. WE GOT TO TAKE ON A ROBOT IN A PING-PONG CHALLENGE. Reporter: DO YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT? IT WAS PRETTY ONE SIDED. Reporter: IS THIS YOU. THIS IS RON DOING HIS BEST. YOU KNOW YOU HAD TO GO TO FAST? I WAS TOLD IT IS THE HIGHEST SPEED POSSIBLE. Reporter: I THINK SO. Reporter: WE HAD TWO PROS SHOW US AROUND THE PING-PONG HOUSE AREA. THIS IS JUST THE WARMUP, THEY SAY. IT’S GREAT EXERCISE. RANDY COME AND TALK TO US ABOUT THIS AREA AT THE PITTSBURGH HOME AND GARDEN SHOW. SO RANDY MILLER AND YOU ARE WHO? THE PITTSBURGH REGIONAL TABLE TENNIS. AND WE’RE HERE CHALLENGING PEOPLE TO PROMOTE THE ROBOT. IT IS A GREAT GAME FOR ALL AGES. WE HAVE THREE CLUBS IN THE AREA. AND WE HAVE PLAYERS FROM AS YOUNG AS TEN ALL THE WAY UP TO 84. THE OLDEST PERSON IN OUR CLUB IS 84 YEARS OLD. SO THAT IS A GREAT LIFETIME SPORT. Reporter: I’VE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE STOPPING BY THE AREA. IT’S BEEN BUSY SINCE YOU OPENED. YES. AND WE HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE FRIDAY. WE DID AN EXHIBITION FRIDAY NIGHT AND WE TAKE ON ALL CHALLENGERS AND YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT TABLE TENNIS. Reporter: AND LET’S SHOW WHAT THE ROBOT DOES. I WANT YOU TO GO UP AGAINST THE ROBOT OVER HERE. YOU COME OVER HERE. AND I’LL GET MY SHOT TOO. I WANT TO SEE YOU GO UP AGAINST THE ROBOT. ANYBODY CAN GO AGAINST THIS? Reporter: SHOULD WE STRETCH? YES. ARE YOU READY? Reporter: NO I’M NOT. BUT LET’S GO. YOU’LL HEAR A BEEP AND THEN FIVE SECONDS YOU’LL BE READY TO GO. Reporter: SHOW US YOUR BACKHAND. AND WHAT IS THE OTHER HAND? SHOW US YOUR FOREHAND. Reporter: I HAVE NO BACKHAND. Reporter: KEEP GOING. Reporter: THIS IS A WORKOUT. Reporter: IN ALL FAIRNESS. I TOLD HIM TO SET TO EXPERT LEVEL SO THIS WILL MAKE IT GOES AS FAST AS IT CAN GO. WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? Reporter: IT DOESN’T STOP. IT IS A WORKOUT WHAT THEY DON’T GET TO SEE IS YOUR FIRST TIME AS WELL. Reporter: I’M NOT VERY GOOD. I DID GET SOME LESSONS FROM RANDY. MAYBE YOU CAN ASK HIM ABOUT HIS BACKGROUND. Reporter: TELL ME ABOUT THE LESSONS THAT YOU GAVE US? WE WERE TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU HIT THE BALL, KEEP IT FROM GOING OVER THE BARRIER. SO YOU WANT TO ANGLE THE RACKET, DEPENDING ON THE SPIN OF THE BALL. AND SHE HAS TOE CONTROL IT AND HIT THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TABLE THAT IS IMPORTANT. Reporter: AND YOU GUYS WILL BE HERE THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH SUNDAY. TELL US ABOUT THIS MACHINE. IS THIS SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE CAN TAKE HOME? Reporter: THE MACHINES ARE REALLY NICE. IF YOU LIVE IN AN AREA WHERE YOU DON’T HAVE A LOT OF PLAYERS AND DON’T HAVE A LOT OF FRIEND, YOU CAN PLAY AGAINST THE ROBOT AND STILL IMPROVE YOUR GAME. WE HAVE THREE CLUBS IN PITTSBURGH. WE ALL HAVE PLAYERS TO PLAY AGAINST. YOU CAN PLAY TABLE TENNIS AND IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND GET A NICE WORKOUT. Reporter: IT IS A GREAT WORKOUT. WHAT DO YOU THINK HEATHER? Reporter: I THINK I’VE IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY. THAT IS NOT THE WAY TO DO IT. Reporter: THAT IS MY BALANCE HAND. AND THEN WE GOT IT SEE THE EXPERTS PLAY. LOOK AT THAT THEY WERE SO IMPRESSIVE. THEY PLAYS EACH OTHER AND THE ROBOT. AND WE WANT TO THANK CHIP AND RANDY FOR HELPING US OUT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PLAY, YOU CAN LOOK OUT FOR THE TABLES IN THE UPPER LEVEL OF THE PITTSBURGH HOME AND GARDEN SHOW. TOMORROW NIGHT THERE’S A BIG TABLE TENNIS DEMO WHERE YOU CAN SEE WHAT REAL TABLE TENNIS PLAYERS CAN DO. WEREN’T YOU IMPRESSED? Reporter: YOUR FORM WAS JUST LIKE THAT FORM RIGHT THERE. Reporter: YOUR FORM WAS IMPRESSIVE. Reporter: I THINK YOUR END RESULT IS SO MUCH BETTER. Reporter: THEY HAVE A DEVICE TO HELP PICK UP PING-PONG BALLS. I MADE A MESS THE FIRST COUPLE OF TIMES. WE HAD BALLS ALL OVER THE FLOOR SO HE PULLED THIS OUT. I’LL PICK THEM UP. I HAVE A ROBOT TO DO THAT. IT IS NOT REALLY A ROBOT. BUT IT IS A BATMITTEN, NICE AND

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