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...

  • SmarterEveryDay

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

    • numanumatard

      Say no to hacksmiths

    • Ytbvdshrtnr

      15:13 yes, playing pool against a crowd would be worth doing

    • AnhThy Nguyen
      AnhThy Nguyen

      Do you have the link for the pool table? Thank you.

    • Martin Croft
      Martin Croft

      yes, but can he get the ball to go supersonic?

    • yaldram muqadis
      yaldram muqadis

      Destin knows so much yet he's still surprised by literally everything he sees

  • Benjamin Fraser
    Benjamin Fraser

    micro center is like jaycar

  • Hreljin

    Good content. :)

  • Connie Grunwald
    Connie Grunwald

    The economic hand thessaly waste because pajama fortuitously fetch into a robust peak. general gentle, jaded bucket

  • Kush Patel
    Kush Patel

    What app are you using on the iPad during min 4?

  • JackDNF

    This is like those hackers in 8 Ball Pool that use trickshots to win everytime

  • Godlike Cynaddol
    Godlike Cynaddol

    So when are you going to the lock picking lawyer your lock?

  • Misac Tiba
    Misac Tiba

    "Everything I'm doing to make this better is making it worse" Me fine tuning cut and fill on civil 3d

  • Daniel Schneider
    Daniel Schneider

    Why does Microcenter need more publicity? If you live near one you already go there first. Not complaining, just confused

  • Drummer13

    Easily the coolest video I’ve seem on youtube period.

  • Stick Brightling
    Stick Brightling

    The second yall stop shitting yourselves while giving birth, I'll start giving you a bit more credit.

  • AskAdam28

    You know, you could actually LEARN HOW TO PLAY POOL if you have all this time to PROGRAM A CUE TIP WITH ALGEBRA....

  • AWDSka Rus
    AWDSka Rus

    I am from Russia, but lern English. You are beter then alot of Russian UZloadrs who have 3-4million Subscribers

  • Jake Sapir
    Jake Sapir

    I love Micro Center

  • Sommer Ray Fan
    Sommer Ray Fan

    Nice vid

  • Michel Young
    Michel Young

    The strange guide empirically trap because pint usually attract near a woozy bay. mountainous, proud tights

  • ThirrinDiamond

    My man actually looking depressed/on the verge of tears at the end Are you ok??? Blink SOS if youre being held against your will by a rogue pool ball!

  • James Watson
    James Watson

    Watching this video and listening to all the work he has done is making me tired 😂

  • sricharan kowlali
    sricharan kowlali

    Damn! you are an inspiration man. I am an engineer myself, worked 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week and got paid reasonably. You rekindled the geek in me, I am enjoying everyday learning and building up skills. I can't thank you enough, may you stay blessed.

  • Asdex Deam
    Asdex Deam

    100$ eh? Welp ill just....................................... fuck!

  • David Spector
    David Spector

    My thought is: what is the shot that chains the most balls that you have captured on video? Can you show it to us?

  • aharon sidorov
    aharon sidorov

    I'm waiting on the day when this machine will be unbeatable by humans.

  • Coupla Conez
    Coupla Conez

    You look like byron kern

  • b33cux cux
    b33cux cux

    Teach the software Feynman diagrams

  • internally burned
    internally burned

    This is one of the coolest contraptions I've ever seen and man this guy's dedication is unreal

  • Ytbvdshrtnr

    11:37 Yeah that's like a once every few months kind of thing for me, sure

  • Wancing Daffles
    Wancing Daffles

    They're both so cute at the end 😂

  • Egg e
    Egg e

    @stuffmadehere I've been a software developer for > 35 years and I've played pool for more years than that. I'm also a certified pool coach with the BCA. (I live in Canada though) As well, I've been to national pool championships. In the spirit of perfecting the big brain pool shot selection algorithm, If you'd to discuss pool strategy, which is my favourite part of the game, send me a message and just maybe we can make the world's first unbeatable billiard robot.

  • Ayush Kaiwart
    Ayush Kaiwart

    Secret: he is a scientist

  • Daniel Stransky
    Daniel Stransky

    What planet is this guy from

  • Fi Ha
    Fi Ha

    Meanwhile I´m here proud, that I spent at least 2 hours for university.... Okay u got me, I didnt...

  • emiliano zamora
    emiliano zamora

    Damn imagine using one of those big belts to move around the pool cue on a servo around the table and play an automatic 1v1 game of 8 ball, or maybe even go ahead with the twitch plays idea

  • Rad!.

    I miss Marvac in Costa Mesa.... (HOME of The AR-15)....My old home...

  • BadLuckCharm !
    BadLuckCharm !

    when she says, "oh please" at 20:31 i would've said, "you try it then"

  • Lennox Graham
    Lennox Graham

    I dont think that there are any micro centres in Canada );

  • Deon Kgaje
    Deon Kgaje

    Is there any statistician and/or Actuary here?

    • Deon Kgaje
      Deon Kgaje

      need help with something

  • tehbabes

    Ok last comment/idea, swear. You could also make it so you can pit your actual pool playing ability VS your ability to program a robot to play pool against each other by making a robot that maneuvers around the table and uses the stick device to play against you! ;D

  • tehbabes

    WOW, ok, I totally underestimated you my guy, lol. Something I thought about after watching this: the playing online aspect of this is by far the greatest part, IMO. BUT, the online player is stuck playing on a computer interface.. how could 2 people physically play each other over the internet? Well you could both possess this device you've made and rely on it to repeat each others shot, that would probably lead to you having to develop something with a high FPS camera that heavily observes their shot to make sure it repeats the exact same hit on your side, yada yada, there's also the aspect of knowingly or unknowingly cheating like someone not holding the device in the right place or position to repeat the same results on the others table, yada yada... SOOOO, I thought about it and, I think this whole thing (physical online play) could be accomplished MUCH easier and with many benefits also. Unfortunately, it completely abandons the robot stick angle (see what I did there? ;D) of all of this. Instead, just have a robot arm above both pool tables, cameras etc to record ball movements, and after each shot is taken the robot on the other side will rearrange and remove the balls etc to match the result of the shot(s) that were made, and vice versa when the other person shoots yada yada I'm sure you're already fully seeing what I'm saying or most likely already thought of this. I think it would be absolutely HUGE as far as allowing people to play each other! And also would eliminate all the having to hold the robot stick so it can reproduce the opponents shot and all that and would pretty much be like you are really present in the same room and playing each other! :D

  • sponge bobsquary
    sponge bobsquary

    Wayyy too smart. I only wish I can do what you do. That’s really cool man keep it up 👍

  • Jesse Fish
    Jesse Fish

    Could you theoretically use the haircutting machine's arm to move the pool cue apparatus around for 2nd player/robot? I'm not sure how much of the "stick" could be removed but I'm guessing most of it could fit on a robot arm. Removing the "Meat Servo" would probably help if you are going to try and augment the pool algorithm vs standing around all day while you run tests.

  • Jonathan Tejeda
    Jonathan Tejeda

    Does anyone know what app he uses for his prototype drawings?

    • Jonathan Tejeda
      Jonathan Tejeda

      On the ipad^

  • tehbabes

    Before I watch this I will first say there are a few things that will largely affect the success rate of this device: the creators own knowledge and skill/experience of billiards, how level the table is, the state of each piece of slate, the quality and state of the rails (dead or stale rails or spots will seriously screw things up and make it unpredictable), the tip used and its quality, as well as chalk used. The quality of the table will have the most impact on how predictable and repeatable the ball movements will be and I'd say if it's not at least an 8ft table (doesn't look like it from the 1 frame I see), with all due respect to the awesome idea, I would honestly render the entire development useless. Not sure if anyone would care to read all if this but couldn't help it since pool and programming are my 2 favorite things in life and would love it if I could at all help with perfecting something like this!

  • Daniel Scholtus
    Daniel Scholtus

    I wish I had the time to just dive in interesting projects I choose, learn all the cool science required and get access to all technology you get just by living in the land of freedom. Seriously, I do not envy the money you make to be able to buy all these things and tools, I believe that builds up over time, it's the access and freedom that is so mind blowing for a 3rd world resident. Be thankful man, for all of us. You're living the dream.

  • ajddavid452

    15:07 that'd be chaos

  • James

    Do this with snooker.... it would be way harder

  • emiliano zamora
    emiliano zamora

    That ui looks like a vr game irl

  • nunchuckking872

    I'd vote for this guy for potus 100x over

  • Sharae


  • Skeledon Bushcraft and Survival
    Skeledon Bushcraft and Survival

    Awesome video, I have always loved billiards. I watched the part about the sponsor as well, unfortunately that does me no good since they don't have a store in my state. I would have loved to check it out, it almost reminds me of the Radio Shack back in the day, yea I'm old lol anyway thank you for everything you do 🙂 Take care and stay awesome!

  • theRIPPLER

    This was freaking AWESOME!

  • Kain Hayter
    Kain Hayter


  • STiTCH Lam
    STiTCH Lam

    Just look how much calculations our brain do in milliseconds, sub7ana Allah.

  • Viktor H
    Viktor H

    you could me the next tony stark

  • Joseph Jimenez
    Joseph Jimenez

    Now I wanna see Efren "Bata" Reyes vs your Cue :P

  • darkcloud

    .....your wife looks like the evil twin of Kirsten Dunst. and that's cool

  • Clément Baron
    Clément Baron

    Wow this is next level

  • Mike

    I want one...


    Why does his wife keep losing? She must be doing it on purpose.

  • Sports4u

    Everything is in God’s plan

  • bigbassjonz

    Extreme trick shots or solving the table in the least amount of strikes would be fun to see.

  • Jackson Lima
    Jackson Lima

    I thought I was smart at the beginning of this video. Now I've got depression.

  • PK

    Please make a basketball rebounder so 1 guy can shoot hoops without having to go back under the basket, grab the ball, then walk back out 15 or 20 feet and shoot again. Have you ever seen a vibrator for harvesting nut trees? There’s a thing that looks like a round tarp that wraps around the tree to catch all the nuts when they get vibrated out of the tree. If you have something like that under the basket to catch the shots then feeds it back into the ball shooter that tracks you wherever you are on the court, then immediately fires the ball back at you. You could even have the ball shooter loaded with 4-5 balls and have it fire a ball at you as soon as it detects the ball bouncing into the retrieval net. If you got this thing to work like I know you can, you could patent it and sell millions. 3 point shooters like Larry Bird was would have loved something like this considering he used to shoot 500-1,000 shots while practicing.

  • 3970xRocks

    Ok - you've got the job of building my robot girlfriend.

  • Lauren Johnson
    Lauren Johnson

    #☺ 👏:💛: 💌 1% 🎅 💝

  • joesph houde
    joesph houde

    if the stick could move itself into position could build a bunch of tables and have an online real tornament.

  • JKelliPjona

    imagine calculating it the way that in one shoot u can win whole game

  • Chris M
    Chris M

    "Robots are better than us" Show me a robot that ever built a human even a robot that created, built, and programmed itself to do something for that matter....

    • Chris M
      Chris M

      @genci cano Which came first the robot or the human?

    • genci cano
      genci cano

      robots can build robots but it's physically impossible to build a human

  • virtual-adam

    12:36 This part where he used it with a normal cue would make a great commercial product, similar to Pool Live Aid that some students from Portugal made. That seems to have stalled, maybe it was too expensive to develop?

  • Shinigami13

    My guy said which implies I'm an idiot. I'm just like bruh you built a robot and created code what? Am I mentally challenged?

  • θοδωρης τεο
    θοδωρης τεο

    What a brain

  • MeowC

    Bring in a pro

  • Enki Callosa
    Enki Callosa

    Have you tried giving a thought using multiple cameras where it will digitally stitch the image and correct the image distortion? Could increase image precision and efficiency of imagw guessing. Anyway nice vid. Thanks

  • Bob Kowalski
    Bob Kowalski

    Introduce RNG and better RNG gamepass alongside with it.

  • Bob Kowalski
    Bob Kowalski

    "wife mode"

  • Gadzooks27


  • Syahril

    How could this man, has the audacity to call himself an idiot. If he is an idiot, then what am I?

    • genci cano
      genci cano


  • Juan Rousselot
    Juan Rousselot

    you are my new hero.

  • Muthukumaran Parathasarathy
    Muthukumaran Parathasarathy

    My question is how much storage does his software’s take Rip his computer

  • Pietro Moopy
    Pietro Moopy

    Wow 2.67M subscribers. Last time I was here it was around 200k.

  • Eljo Toci
    Eljo Toci

    Ok honestly... I do not know much about coding but is it required to set the linear equations your self on coding or is it like a "preset" formula that you can just insert in the code and the computer sets up everything...

    • Raspberry

      It depends on the programming langauge and is it a common formula. He is using python so chances are he just has to call a function with the right parameters to get the results Edit: Looked at where he showed the code and now it looks like he wrote it himself (i think) but with the right libraries (basically code someone else already wrote) he wouldn't have

  • Roger Deutsch
    Roger Deutsch

    So many fantastic Engineering challenges exposed and explained. It's fantastic that the author took on the challenge and then even better that he exposed the challenges that he struggled with. Such a cool project -- beyond words really -- and a really great and entertaining video. Thanks for sharing.

  • Pablo Kahura
    Pablo Kahura

    Haven't subbed to anyone for over a year now but this, this I had to sub to

  • عودة باب الحارة
    عودة باب الحارة

    i have one single question ... how much time did this project take ? you are the most genius person on UZload.

  • The lucky one
    The lucky one

    Coming from an engineer who did his degree in one of the most prestigious universities in the world... you sir are one hell of an engineer. Much respect


    When he didn't mention undistorting the camera I knew something bad was gonna happen there lol

  • Senseless Babble
    Senseless Babble

    Taking shots without chalk on the cue tip is killing me!!! :-p

  • Video Superhero
    Video Superhero

    The internet society is broken because this video should have more value, awesome stuff.

  • Aaron Lin
    Aaron Lin

    "getting this done was about as hard as labor"

  • zachary kennedy
    zachary kennedy

    I think the ability to connect to online pool games elevated this project from something amazing to something marketable. I could absolutely see the kind of person who puts a pool table in their basement shelling out a couple grand for a more refined version of this. Obviously not everything cool needs to be commodified though.

  • CV M
    CV M

    increadible, great. I can't believe sby just builds a robot like this in his garage - simply genius.

  • Kai Y
    Kai Y

    This guy is just one lab accident away from becoming a super villain!

  • Gabriel Cowley
    Gabriel Cowley

    what's a fancy word for mistake?: 12:18 lol

  • Axel Foley
    Axel Foley

    This fkn guy's brain humbled the hell out of me! 😖

  • vad199

    Какая бесполезная херня :)

  • Axel Foley
    Axel Foley

    5:09 😆😆😆😆

  • T Bow
    T Bow

    Does anybody ever notice the 3rd monitor on the top alway has something funny/random?

  • L S
    L S

    Wife: "The robot is not your kid. We've talked about this..."

  • Alaric Hanson
    Alaric Hanson

    What are your computers specs?

  • Seannie Trent-Cannon
    Seannie Trent-Cannon

    The microcenter ad was amazingly surprising. I didn't expect them to do this! When I worked for them, they never did advertisements.

  • Robert Vosburg
    Robert Vosburg

    Mark Rober enters chat